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Travels With Max: In Search of Steinbeck's America Fifty Years Later Paperback – July 29, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Blaine Creek Press; First edition (July 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061537803X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615378039
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,256,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gregory Zeigler, a career educator, has served as an English and drama teacher and headmaster at several independent schools. He is the author of The Straw That Broke, an environmental mystery. Zeigler resides with his wife, Dimmie, in Jackson, Wyoming.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randi Harris on August 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
Reading Travels with Max was just like taking a road trip. It was true to the spirit of Steinbeck's TWC, yet uniquely Greg's. It lead to three straight pleasurable evenings on the hammock with a good cigar and a great book - can't ask for much more than that! Excited to have it as the newest piece in my TWC collection. Just wish it was signed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hahn on May 24, 2013
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"Travels with Max" is an engaging travelogue by Greg Zeigler, educator, adventurer, philosopher. It's a lively and perceptive reincarnation of John Steinbeck's 1960 famous circumnavigation of the United States with his poodle, Charlie, in search of our country's heart and soul. Zeigler's Maltese companion, Max, is the delightful leitmotive for a journey that explores the minds, attitudes, and outlooks of modern Americans as it re-explores America's awesome landscapes, as did Steinbeck's prototype, which is frequently referenced. Zeigler's prose is charming, It has the personality of an old friend which is how you will feel about the author as you - reluctantly - turn the last page.
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By Ned on February 28, 2011
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My view of the attitude of America was that the people must be pretty depressed and/or angry. Recession, unemployment, lack of political cooperation, greed of Wall Street all pressing down on Americans. I was pleasantly surprised and buoyed by Greg Zeigler's discovery that Americans are how they have always been, resilient, optimistic, hard working and knowing that the future will be good. "Travels with Max" has reestablished within me what I guess I have always known, American is a great place to live!
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By Gillian Rose on December 22, 2010
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Like many readers, I'm sure, I read Travels with Charley ages ago and was intrigued by the idea of searching for "Steinbeck's America Fifty Years Later." Also a road trip is always fun. I thought Greg Zeigler's book was well-written and entertaining. Without getting too deep into detail about the people he met, we get a sense of how people are living and coping in today's America. I liked being reminded of Steinbeck's journey and his observations interwoven with Zeigler's own point of view. The journey could have lasted longer, as far as I was concerned.
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By Cindee George on December 7, 2010
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Travels with Max was a refreshing insight into the heart and soul of the American people. I found myself smiling, laughing and reminiscing on my childhood travels around the western United States with my family in a 25 foot trailer pulled by my dads truck: Old Blue. Zeigler successfully retraced Steinbecks' path visiting his old haunts, and sharing insights on an American icon. THe other side of the story is that the hard working, hopeful, optimistic American is still alive and well.
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By truenorthrr on December 7, 2010
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With wit and folksy charm, Zeigler and his teacup sized protector, his dog Max, retrace the roadtrip taken by John Steinbeck and his dog Charley fifty years ago.
Have Americans changed? Yes and no.
Zeigler's natural affinity for engaging people, his keen eye for detail in the landscape, and his irrepressible love of adventure make this book fun.
Highly recommended for a relaxing holiday read.
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By terry on December 29, 2013
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As an adventure across America, this book is grand. His descriptions of the sights, whether up close or distant, were interesting and stimulating. His conversations and comments about such were generally humorous and incisive. His politics were emotional and distracting. How many times and in how many ways can one ask: can't we all just get along?

I am a dog lover, since toddlerhood. I thought Max was probably under utilized for the story. But his affection for his little buddy was evident.

I agree with the author and Steinbeck that the country was as each described it, until someone else sees it. And like Steinbeck, after Louisiana, the author pretty much had seen all the "democracy" he needed to see. It wasn't Louisiana, it was time and distance.

I would say this to any "liberal" trying to aggregate his odyssey with his political philosophy. Please recognize that the travel is designed to enlighten not to convert the reader. One amazing inconsonance was the author's pity for the Nez Perce, having been denied treaty rights by an expedient government "in the day", yet his uncritical acceptance of contemporary government promised altruism. He, after all, by dint of age is close to testing the hypothesis of "death panels", rationing by another name by a government no less expedient than that which told Chief Joseph "just kidding": it was not a treaty but more a statement of opportune intentions.

Buy the book, enjoy the travels, ignore the political bent.
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