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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (107 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns Narrator: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns, Tom Hank Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The companion volume to the PBS documentary film about the first—and perhaps most astonishing—automobile trip across the United States.

In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a “horseless buggy”—but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a thirty-one-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet fifty dollars that he could drive his twenty-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. Here—in Jackson’s own words and photographs—is a glorious account of that months-long, problem-beset, thrilling-to-the-rattled-bones trip with his mechanic, Sewall Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud. Jackson’s previously unpublished letters to his wife, brimming with optimism against all odds, describe in vivid detail every detour, every flat tire, every adventure good and bad. And his nearly one hundred photographs show a country still settled mainly in small towns, where life moved no faster than the horse-drawn carriage and where the arrival of Jackson’s open-air (roofless and windowless) Winton would cause delirious excitement.

Jackson was possessed of a deep thirst for adventure, and his remarkable story chronicles the very beginning of the restless road trips that soon became a way of life in America. Horatio’s Drive is the first chapter in our nation’s great romance with the road.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stevenj | 1/16/2014

    " Enjoyed this audio version narrated by Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns, and Tom Hanks. Now I want the (paper) book for photos and maps! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nate Hendrix | 1/10/2014

    " This is the great rue story of the first guy to drive a car across the US. This book is a companion to a documentary by Ken Burns. I was half way through the first chapter when I realized that I had seen the documentary. Amazing story, I've drive across the US twice and it is hard to imagine what these guys went through. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Thomas | 1/10/2014

    " Interesting story, but not a riveting account nor one of the most momentous events in American history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew | 1/9/2014

    " Ken Burns collected a pretty good story. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Horatio was a true adventurer, though one wouldn't think of a car trip as an adventure in the same way today. "

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