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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (March 17, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312254172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312254179
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Author Tom Snyder was an early advocate of a Route 66 revival and his 1990 Route 66 Traveler’s Guide & Roadside Companion for St. Martin’s Press was the first guidebook to the old road written in omore than forty years, as well as the first to map the route since its decertification in 1985. He lives on the West Coast, dividing his time among British Columbia, Washington, and California.

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More About the Author

Tom's "Route 66 Traveler's Guide & Roadside Companion" - a continuing best-seller - is now in its fourth edition. And his wine-food touring book, "The Two-Lane Gourmet," won the Gourmand Prize as Best in the U.S. Both were published by Macmillan / St. Martins.

In media, Tom was Contributing Producer for the 21st Century Classics interactive disk of John Steinbeck's masterpiece, "The Grapes of Wrath," published by Penguin. While on staff at the University of Southern California, he produced a number of short films and multi-media works.

He has also served as project director of a nationwide program for evaluation of programs serving those with special needs. Acting from personal concern, Tom still works pro bono with adult survivors of childhood tragedy and abuse.

Tom holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University, plus a doctorate from the University of Southern California. In addition, Tom is a well-published photographer, with work appearing in books, national magazines, and even as a giant backdrop for a cruise-ship bar...

Along the way, Tom worked as an oil-field swamper, fry cook, sailing coach, and graphics designer. He is a lapsed pilot and semi-prudent motorcyclist who acknowledges a genetic weakness for open space and quick machines, along with a fondness for fireplace conversation over wine on winter evenings.

Customer Reviews

This is a great guide for driving Route 66.
Joseph M. Stuart
I have the first, second, and third editions of this book and I love each of them!
Amazon Customer
Instead of turning right when he says to we should have turned left.
Margo B. Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Doug Pappas on May 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
10 years ago, Tom Snyder compiled the first modern guide to driving Route 66. For this third edition, Snyder has thoughtfully separated the driving directions ("Traveler's Guide") from his trove of 66-related anecdotes ("Roadside Companion"), making the book more useful. The guide's most distinctive features are reproductions of period maps from the Automobile Club of Southern California, over which the route of the modern Interstate has been superimposed.
Snyder's book is a fun read and quite helpful for planning a Route 66 drive. But once you're on the road, BY FAR the most useful navigational aid is Bob Moore and Patrick Grauwels' *The Illustrated Guidebook to the Mother Road*, which unlike Snyder's book provides turn-by-turn directions and mileage.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am currently on my third copy of this book. I've taken the cross country trip 8 times with Snyder as my guide, and have travelled every documented mile. While it doesn't show you every imaginable mile of every route, this guide takes you on all driveable portions, and to all the places of 66 myth and legend. My only complaint is that the binding is a little cheap, so after a trip there's usually some loose pages about! A definite must-have for anyone contemplating this cross country trip.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Konrad Baumeister VINE VOICE on April 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Snyder's Route 66 guide is broken down into two sections; the first is essentially a town by town guide through the from Chicago to Santa Monica pier, and the second is a collection of stories, history, and perhaps a couple of tall tales of the Mother Road and the people along it. There is also a bit of introductory information on planning for the road trip, estimating times, what to take along, and this would be helpful for the first-time roadie.

The directions, as far as they go, are accurate, and the maps (all from the Auto Club of Southern California) are serviceable but small. Snyder's narration of the drive is easy to read, he points out various attractions and areas of interest along the way, and the route is easy to follow. This doesn't mean you won't need any other maps; every roadie would benefit from Bob Moore's set of maps and directions.

Also, Snyder presents the route in its east-west direction only; someone following the route from west to east can do so, but other books will serve far better.

Snyder's Roadside Companion of stories from the road are interesting and well worth reading in your motel before going to sleep before another day on the road.

The ardent roadie will find both information and a lot of love for the Road in Snyder's book, and it is highly recommended.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By MonkeyBunker on August 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book itself is interesting, but not "the" guide. It's now somewhat out of date, and no where as easy to follow (or as accurate) as the "EZ66 Guide For Travellers" by Jerry McClanahan. Use that if you really want the nitty-gritty on finding your way around and on Route 66.

However, this book is still an interesting read, and I don't regret buying it, and would recommend it. (though not as a guidebook for your Route 66 trip)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Hunt on February 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book not only contains maps, but it will give you stories to read in your motel room that are worthwhile to the whole Route 66 experience. Anyone can hop a jet from Chicago to LA, but the folks who make the long drive deserve to learn some facts along the way. I personally have driven along Route 66 several times. I have a website with a database of over 600 points ofinterest along the way. Motels, restaurants, shops, etc. Each time I drive, I always bring this book with me so I can refer to the maps & stories. I rely on GPS to find my way, but I am thankful for Tom Snyder to explain what I'm looking at while I'm driving. I endorse this book on my website. [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Harms on June 30, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although ideally you should travel route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. Some of us travel a different route. I found the guide to be informative but difficult to transpose because it is designed to be used if you travel from Chicago to Santa Monica. Traveling in reverse made it difficult althoughit was still very useful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1999
Format: Paperback
Rt. 66 has so many fascinating stories, twists and turns and Tom Snyder doesn't miss a beat. Not only does he clearly document the route itself, but he fills the book with the bits of history, culture and stories of the people that make traveling Rt. 66 the most memorable trip you'll ever take!
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jack Eskoz on August 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
We tried using this book on a recent trip on Route 66. Not only does he use outdated maps, with old street names, but has he even tried following this book himself? Most of the time, when we tried to follow his directions, we got completely off-course. One memorable time, he got us on an old, run-down alignment that literally had only one lane! Luckily, we had only one on-coming car to pass (which was accomplished by both cars driving on their respective shoulders!) I think he just phones in the "updates!" The only reason he gets even one star is because there is some interesting history in this book. However, I wonder if any of his historical facts are correct, since he gives so much misinformation otherwise!
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