Even now, I still have the copy I bought in 1972. The dozen or so copies that I bought for friends are out there somewhere, and so are the friends.
This book was pure magic. By accident, I met the young couple in the train station photo in ViA. Ed's brother, I think. Had a conversation on a second-class Mexican bus at night, with a Canadian traveler who had read the book. "It's why I'm here," he said. Oddly enough, it was the same reason I was on the road, vagabonding. And carrying a copy, as I always did.
The red, white, and blue cover was perfect for the time. Someday, this book will be a classic. It's full of sound philosophy, suggestions to change your life, and resources you had forgotten were yours. I'd also have to give it more than five stars.