In 1960, when he was almost sixty years old, John Steinbeck set out to rediscover his native land. He felt that he might have lost touch with its sights, sounds and the essence of its people. Accompanied only by his dog, Charley, he travelled across the United States in a pick-up truck. His journey took him through almost forty states, and he saw things that made him proud, angry, sympathetic and elated. All that he saw and experienced is described with remarkable honesty and insight.
This man is a treasure . The narrator is probably his spiritual brother and his last book was a diary of the time when America was starting to creak with over population . Like Cormac Macarthy he wouldn't have coped with today .