In America: Travels with John Steinbeck
In 1960, John Steinbeck and his dog Charley set out in their green pickup truck to rediscover the soul of America, visiting small towns and cities from New York to New Orleans. The trip became Travels With Charley, one of his best-loved books. Half a century on, Geert Mak set out from Steinbeck’s home to retrace his footsteps through the potato fields of Maine to the endless prairies of the Midwest. Stumbling across glistening suburbs and boarded-up stores, Mak searched for the roots of America and what remains of the world Steinbeck describes. How has America changed in the last fifty years; what remains of the American dream; and what do Europe and America now have in common?