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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: THOMAS NELSON (1 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595551808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595551801
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Man & the Harley 11 July 2011
By TerryG
This is a most enjoyable read. The story is somewhat disjointed to a degree, but enjoyable throughout nonetheless. The touring element which presents a journey across the USA in 1939 contrasted with a similar journey in more recent times, recounts a very interesting family tale of war, economic depression and recovery. The motorcycle plays a central part in the tale throughout. I would highly recommend this book to all with an interest in social history and Harley Davidson motorcycles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book 20 Oct 2011
By Ali
This was a gift but the recipient seemed to be delighted with it! My husband has had his beady eye on this so maybe a potential Xmas pressie....??
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Much More 11 Dec 2008
By M. Zimmerman - Published on
I knew a little bit about this book before it was published, so I was eagerly anticipating its release. I knew it was going to be about the "Old Man's" 1939 cross-country ride. I knew it was going to be about the author's 2005 retracing of that ride. But I didn't expect it to be about so much more. I didn't expect to learn so much about the Scarsdale Jack and the Flying Tigers. I didn't expect to learn so much about the music of the time. I didn't expect it to be so much about America - an America that feels so different from today. Simply put, this is one of the best books I've read in a long time. As I read Section One, I found myself feeling jealous in two distinct ways: jealous of the Old Man for having the opportunity (not the mention the resourcefulness and fortitude) to make such a ride in 1939; and jealous of the author for having the opportunity to document this amazing story. He clearly did quite a bit of research to be able to tell it with such vivid detail, and is obviously proud (with good reason) of his family. It is a tale told with warmth, humor, zest, respect, and a profound sense of appreciation for the sacrifices made by an earlier generation. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Harleys, adventure, history, or America. Or, like me, all of the above.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A true adventure of a life time 15 Nov 2008
By Tim - Published on
This is one of those books I wished I had had while going through High School history class. As I read each page I would wonder what's down the road for Jack and the Raspberry? I couldn't imagine doing a trip like this now a days. Jack was alone on a cross country trip on a motorcycle that needs to be fixed or repaired daily with little more than about $100, a change of clothes, and a bed roll and only 18. Makes me feel like a wimp as I ride across this country from hotel to hotel on my cushy ride behind a fairing. A great look back into a bygone era. A great look into "the greatest generation" that help build this nation. This is a great ride, a great book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's more than an old man and a Harley... 19 Nov 2008
By Graf - Published on
... It's a portrait of America - then and now. It is an inspiring and adventurous story that reveals a colorful look into America's cultural history from a few unique points of view. It makes the reader reflect on what it means to be an American and asks us what we can all do to keep helping our nation or even just "the next man down the road". The book reads like a motorcycle; it flows comfortably, it's entertaining, it's spiritual, it's timeless, and it's traditional.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great historical novel. 30 Jun 2009
By A. Rose - Published on
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The first 2/3's of the book kept me riveted. The story of the original trip across the country and the family history in WW2 was very well executed.

The recent re-ride trip was less interesting. At that point the book became too self-involved and a bit too into what being a "biker" means. (I'm a biker, and I cringed every time he wrote about the special "wave" he invented.) As if the writer knew how a trip should go and even if it didn't happen, he stuffed it into the narrative.

It is still a very enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A last ride 20 Sep 2008
By Treker - Published on
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This is a good read and and if you have traveled on a bike you would enjoy reading this. Having traveled the same areas as the author writes about it brought back many memories of my trips I have taken. It also takes you back to an era where life was simpler and how wwII changed our world.
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