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4.0 out of 5 stars stories and more travel stories March 30 2000
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Format:Paperback
This is a collection of stories about people the author met during his trips along the road the years before writing this book. The author is also the founder of the Route 66 Association of Illinois and as such he has a great focus on the underlying fabric of the old route. This book is a somewhat more of a local interest publication perhaps. The stories themselves are excellent, especially for any Route 66 enthousiast. Since it's a collection the reader will like some of them better than the rest, but perhaps that's the nicest feature about the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Americana Sept. 28 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A great read. Wonderful stories about the people who lived and traveled on Route 66. I highly recommend this book if you want to capture a bit of Americana.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Americana Sept. 28 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A great read. Wonderful stories about the people who lived and traveled on Route 66. I highly recommend this book if you want to capture a bit of Americana.
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of America April 23 2011
By Peter Smallhill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to salute Tom Teague for this extraordinary book.

Teague undertook great preparation and tremendous research, and four months to travel Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, interviewing all along the way people who had worked and lived along the iconic highway. Moving, appropriately, East to West he weaves together the true stories of these people: their lives, struggles, and achievements, from Steve Funk's maple syrup grove in Illinois to Fry Pan Miles and his Hula Girl in California.

Taken together, these stories comprise not only colorful Americana, but a convincing portrait of the risk-taking, creativity, invincible energy, independence and optimism that made America great in the 20th century, and might do so again in the future. For that reason, it's a truly inspiring read.

Illustrated with drawings by the late Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Route 66 Book April 22 2009
By Gregory L. Dolce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As an old Route 66 buff, and hailing from the base of 66 in Chicago, I'll admit to being a bit partisan here. But, to clear the air, I have never been a member of or involved with any Route 66 group, assn, etc, anywhere. So, I'm doing this review just as a fan of the book.

Tom Teague, the author, wrote this book pretty much on his own time, taking leave from his job. So, for me, the book comes from the heart, and not as an attempt to forge a career hawking Route 66, as some of the more famous Route book authors are doing. Teague's POV here is bring the reader in touch with people who are connected to Route 66 in some tangible way. And he does this by interviewing people whose life had some very direct connection to the Route's history, development or circumstance.

Teague looks at, for example, such flyover 66 towns as East St. Louis, Il and Times Beach, MO. Neither are mentioned in other 66 books because they show us real life stories. As do nearly all of his interviews. His interviews with Will Rogers Jr. and Bobby Trump, give you an indept view of what 66 meant to them. And, more important, the real history of it.

I'll admit I'm picking on Michael Wallis, who has made a career of his Route 66 book. Wallis is a main fixture on the Rubber Chicken Circuit, giving such things as 'Key Note Addresses' to Route 66 groups. And by hawking his wares to movies like 'Cars'. A strong storyteller, you can bet that Wallis' macro approach to Route 66 pales in the knowledge Teague had of Route 66, and the hard work that went into making it what it is today. Teague didn't make a dime on his book, as evidenced by it being out of publication. Wallis keeps pulling in the bucks, although he'd have to concede that Teaque had much more indept knowledge of Route 66 than he ever has.

Teaque passed away suddenly a few years ago. So, we won't be able to read anymore of his work. That's a shame. Now, we're stuck with Route 66 books that focus on what you could call the 'Wallis Model', where it's so much about the business of Route 66. Wallis is a God to today's Route 66 masses, people who spend a great deal of their life trying to turn a profit from hawking the Road. If you don't believe me, try going on Route 66 chat rooms and bring up points like that. You'll see just how much today's Route 66 folks are much like the business pimps who tried to fleece dough from drivers back in the Route's heyday. What we forget is what Teague focused on, the real, personal stories of people on the Route. To me, the Route is a piece of American history, and an icon. It shouldn't be a medium for business.

Every Route 66 fan should read this book, if for nothing else a bit of perspective on the road. Without Teague, your left with nothing more than a collection of stories and travel guides. Teague's book is real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars stories and more travel stories March 30 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a collection of stories about people the author met during his trips along the road the years before writing this book. The author is also the founder of the Route 66 Association of Illinois and as such he has a great focus on the underlying fabric of the old route. This book is a somewhat more of a local interest publication perhaps. The stories themselves are excellent, especially for any Route 66 enthousiast. Since it's a collection the reader will like some of them better than the rest, but perhaps that's the nicest feature about the book.
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