Excellent Reviews

On this page are posted only the most excellent reviews of Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure.*

"Utterly likable."

Washington Post

"While presidential biographies by David McCullough and Edmund Morris might be likened to Beethoven symphonies in their magisterial sweep, 'Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure' resonates Aaron Copeland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man' - brassy, bright, energetic, brief and declaratively American."

Washington Times

"Algeo brings the 1950s into focus with a fascinating reconstruction of Harry and Bess Truman's post-presidential 2,500-mile road trip. ... [This] book is a portal into the past with layers of details providing unusual authenticity and a portrait of the president as an ordinary man."

Publishers Weekly

"Algeo chronicles this unlikely excursion in great and wonderful detail. ... [An] enchanting glimpse into a much simpler age."

Library Journal

"[A] wry retracing of the three-week journey. Enlivened by Algeo’s endeavors to see the places where Truman stopped, this is an engaging historical sidebar."


"Matthew Algeo recalls [my grandparents'] memorable trip beautifully and with the sense of humor it deserves."

Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of Harry S. Truman

"Charming and engrossing."

Riverfront Times (St. Louis, Missouri)


The Wall Street Journal

“[A] fascinating reading experience. ... With this excellent road story, Algeo has helped preserve the essence of a great man.”

Jackson (Mississippi) Free Press

"A hoot and a holler! ... A marvelous read."

John Rothmann, KGO Radio, San Francisco

"An absolutely wonderful book."

The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Virginia)

"A delightful book."

Milt Rosenberg, WGN Radio, Chicago

 "A lively, humorous glimpse into an unlikely presidential vacation and a vanished era."

History Magazine

 One of the "Best Books of 2009."

Washington Post

"Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure is a lovingly researched, beautifully written and thoroughly absorbing account of the Trumans' trek."

Williamsport (Pa.) Sun-Gazette

“A very fine slice of our national heritage…informative and entertaining.”


Narragansett Times (Wakefield, Rhode Island)

"This is a delightful book."

Pennsylvania Magazine

One of the "best books we read in 2009."

Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Va.)

"A delightful 1953 time capsule"

American History magazine

"Algeo puts readers right in the middle of the Trumans' adventure. ... Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure gives readers a new appreciation for a president who aspired to live like an ordinary citizen."

American Spirit magazine

*Rest assured that, although they will not be posted here, any less-than-excellent reviews will be read over and over by the author, until they are rendered illegible by the stains of his bitter tears.

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