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The Longest Road:Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean

Phillip Caputo

In 2011, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Rumor of War embarked on his bucket-list road trip: a cross-country journey from the southernmost point of the U.S. (Key West, Florida) to the northernmost point reachable by road (Prudhoe Bay, Alaska). Accompanied by his wife and two dogs, Caputo traveled 16,000 miles towing a trailer nicknamed “Fred.” Along the way, he asked the people he met the same question: What is it that unites our country? His interviewees (including a Missouri farmer, a Native American shaman, and volunteers helping tornado victims in Alabama) had a lot to say about the American spirit.