Fifty years on from the journey that became TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY, celebrated Dutch journalist Geert Mak retraces John Steinbeck's route across America, searching for what has changed and what remains of Steinbeck's world. In a conversational, elegant style, Mak sets out to define America in the early 21st century, retelling the stories of the ordinary people he meets, just as he did in IN EUROPE.
In 1960 John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck to rediscover the soul of America, visiting small towns and cities from New York to New Orleans.The trip became Travels With Charley, one of his best-loved books.
Half a century on, Geert Mak sets off from Steinbeck's home. Mile after mile, as he retraces Steinbeck's footsteps through the potato fields of Maine to the endless prairies of the Midwest and stumbles across glistening suburbs and boarded-up stores, Mak searches for the roots of America and what remains of the world Steinbeck describes. How has America changed in the last fifty years; what remains of the American dream; and what do Europe and America now have in common?