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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 edition (September 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006095955X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060959555
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Reading Jenkins' book is the next best thing to having actually walked along beside him." Associated Press
With his own feelings echoing the disillusionment of his whole generation, Peter Jenkins set out with his dog Cooper to walk across America and find out what his country was really about. Along the way, Jenkins' faith and pride in his country -- and himself -- were tested and ultimately restored. Yours will be too as you read his amazing story. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Peter Jenkins is the author of The Walk West, Along the Edge of America, Across Chinaand Looking for Alaska.

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Customer Reviews

My father read this book and recommended it to me.
Erik Halfacre
This is one of those books you could read in one sitting, front to back, because it captivates you so much you can't put it down!
Peter Jenkins did a wonderful job writing about his experiences and this story evokes WANDERLUST!
Helen Ruth

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Curtis J. George on June 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Peter Jenkins story of his 1973-1975 walk from New York to New Orleans is one of those books that you just can not put done once you have started. You will find yourself thinking about the book when you should be doing other things and you can't wait to pick it up again. When I finished reading the book I wanted more. I even purchased the old April 1977 National Geographic Magazine to read his article that he wrote for them and see even more of the pictures of his journey. Luckly, Jenkins journey does not stop in New Orleans, his walk continues and so do his books: The Walk West, The Road Unseen, Close Friends, and Across China.
Peter Jenkins says, "I started out searching for myself and my country and found both." The story would have been good enough just hearing about the trip, the things that he saw, how he survived, and the companionship of his faithful dog; but what make the book great is the people. The people that he meets, how they accept him, and in some cases don't. It is the sociology as well as the adventure that make this one of the best books I ever read for pleasure.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Some Dude on June 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
Even before I had ever heard of this book, I wanted to do what Peter Jenkins did and just hit the road. So my judgement might be more than a little biased.

Nevertheless, I thought this was a very good read. There's at least two levels to the book. The first of course is the journey. Some guy walks from Upstate New York to New Orleans. How could that be boring? It's a really good story with adventure, freindship (I felt like I knew his dog), thrills, big thoughts, a little bit of romance at the end, and most impoartant of all, great characters.

That brings me to the second level of this book. The characters Jenkins meets make you stop and think. From the poor black family that invited him into their meager home for several months, to the lonesome mountain hermit, and the Guv'nah of Alabamy. I don't want to sound like an after-school special, but Jenkins's experiences make you rethink your assumptions and sterotypes. Take the hippie commune farm, for example. I won't reveal the biggest plot point that occurred there, but one thing that really struck me was their pushiness. Even though hippies are "supposed to be" accepting, peaceful, and have a kind of "do whatever you want, man" attitude, they were relentless on pushing their ideas onto Jenkins, insisting that he join them and that their way of life was the best.

So in short, I say read this book. EVen if you don't want to get into the sociology of it, it can stand up as a fantastic adventure story. Heck, if I had a couple million dollars and could cram the whole thing into two hours (and still do it justice), I'd make it a movie, just so even more people could know about it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Edward Leoni, Professor, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO. on November 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have been using A Walk Across America, by Peter Jenkins as a required reading for over ten years, in The Lifestyle Enhancement class I instruct at Southeast Missouri State University. I also require: Tuesday's With Maurie. These two exemplary accounts of life and its meaning and purpose, serve as a primary source of motivation for the seventy five behavior change projects each student must engage in each semester.
At the conclusion of each semester I ask the over 100 students enrolled in all three sections, if I should reduce the required readings, by eliminating either book? The answer is an emphatic, no! I have included some comments from students presently enrolled in the class.
"This book definitely affected me in a positive way. I believe that I always look for the deeper meaning in things, and this book had a pretty obvious one. In a time period where everything is getting ready to change for me (I am graduating in May, moving, and starting a career), it made me realize that other people are scared too, and that you can be successful even if you are afraid and unsure now".
"Reading this book has made me think more about the decisions I've made in the past and now. I believe that my life is somewhat like Peter's life was before he decided to "walk". I have done, and still do a lot of things that other people expect of me. Don't get me wrong they are all beneficial things, but they are done for the wrong reasons. Things I do, choices I make should be for me, not for one that wishes they could've live their own life in a different way. I admire the fact that peter just decided that he was going to "walk" his life out. He now could have some control over the problems he faced and how he would, himself, solve them".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Dellman on July 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
...I am a professor at a well known, highly ranked college and before that for ten years a high school teacher.
For all the years I have been using A WALK ACROSS AMERICA in my classes, no book I have ever used has been so beloved and accessable and taught so much in Peter Jenkins' ever so subtle way to my students. That means, no book, including several classics. Of course, Jenkins book having been a best seller since 1979 and having had over 100 printings is no considered a classic...There is no travel book, and for that matter almost no other book, published in the last twenty years that can match the sales and reaction performance of A WALK ACROSS AMERICA.
Obviously no book appeals to everyone but A WALK ACROSS AMERICA comes close based on reactions over my fifteen years of teaching thousands of very opinionated students...
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