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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Down East Books; First Edition; First Printing edition (August 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892729732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892729739
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on August 28, 2011
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Governor's Travels by Angus King is a delightful travelogue by the former governor of Maine who packed his family into their RV and drove to many points of interest all over the USA. I loved the way this book is presented, like a scrapbook of personal memoirs with photos which look like family snapshots. Since I am an RVer and a travel writer, this book really captured me. I have visited many of the places his family enjoyed and loved the way he describes their experiences and the beauty and wonders of our country. It is a delightful book!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BrettishRB on September 27, 2011
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Way back in the Dark Ages of the last decade, before the word "blog" meant hardly anything to hardly anybody, Maine's former governor Angus King and his family embarked on an odyssey to discover America, from the driver's seat of a 40-foot RV. The public was invited along for the ride-through 33 states and 15,000 miles-via the a blog named "Where's Molly?"

DownEast Books has just published the governor's memoir of that 6-month excursion: "Governor's Travels:How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America."

"It's part travelogue, part executive transition manual, and mostly a celebration of family and the fun of seeing our fabulous country," King said on his Facebook page. Fortunately, his way with the written word is just as engaging as his way with a live audience. Turns out he's a pretty decent photographer, as well.

To begin with, the book's design resembles a scrapbook, lavishly illustrated with over 300 color photographs: about half are typical "family vacation snapshots," but the scenic landscapes are breathtaking in their detail and reproduced here in excellent quality. You really get a sense of "being there" as the governor describes his family's experiences in each locale.

January 9, 2003, exactly one day after Governor King leaves office: the adventure begins. The RV has been purchased, test-driven to warmer climes to avoid having to leave New England in potentially hazardous driving weather, and awaits the family in Virginia. The route was planned, but there was no set itinerary.

Only the departure and return dates were pre-determined, so the King children (Ben, then 12, and Molly, then 9) could be back in school with their friends before their term ended in June.
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I'm a big fan of him as a politician but this book was riddled with editorial mistakes (e.g. they visit Roswell and they repeatedly say they went to Area 51...which is in Nevada, not New Mexico). There were many spelling errors and his style of writing seems more like he's writing a travel email to his pals than he is writing a book for public consumption.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Smith VINE VOICE on May 29, 2012
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Angus King seems like a pleasant and convivial fellow who would get along with just about anyone - good skills for a man who was a two term Governor of Maine. His pleasantness comes through in this breezy travel tale of the trip his wife and two kids took in a big RV exploring America for half a year.

King's promise to his wife and himself after two terms of public service was intense family time touring the country. Not only way for him to reconnect with his family (success in public life entails a lot of night meetings and missed little league games), but as a way for him to transition to "next" after his police driver, car and the solicitude of Official Maine disappeared the moment his successor was sworn in.

This book is the travelogue of King and his journey around the perimeter of the continental United States. Although this book has a couple of good points, it still reads like you are sitting too long looking at your second favorite uncle's vacation home movie. Tough to escape that reaction when the book is really a list of places they visited, their pictures and a few funny occurrences that happened along the way. When it is not your family, your pictures or your anecdotes, these travel sharings have a half-life that is invariably shorter than the story teller thinks.

The really good points of this book are several. If you ever wanted to rent an RV, King's experience will lend some good pointers and things to think about. Second, his travel style was to get to an area, spend some time and be prepared to visit places they heard about or ran across in addition to the big national parks and other attractions many target when visiting a particular region.
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By Janice M. Stearns on January 31, 2013
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It's kind of nice to have an inside look at the Governor's life after his 8 years were over.
I gave this book to my mother in law and she loved it, now I'm reading it. Angus King has a great sense of humor.
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By Evelyn on July 12, 2013
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As a Maine resident and supporter of Angus King, former Maine Governor, I enjoyed reading about his travels after leaving the Governor's office - as Senator, he will bring much honor and respect to Maine.
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By Brent on January 31, 2013
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I bought this as a gift for my daughter who has also travel accross the country. She wanted to compare her travels with King's and the places they saw. She loved it.
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