Whether you've got big plans for a summer vacation or just plan to sit poolside and soak up some sun, you've got to have something to read, right? To me the quintessential American vacation is the road trip, but that might not be so attractive an idea with current gas prices. So if you've decided to just stay home why not read about a great American road trip?
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo is a fun little book (only 230 pages and loaded with photos) that retraces Truman's route with numerous detours to explain the politics, geography, and social conditions of the time. Algeo also recounts his own adventure following the route - what restaurants and hotels are still there and what they're like now or what's replaced them, and his experiences visiting some of the same people who greeted Harry along the way (some even invited him to eat and spend the night in their homes). This isn't serious or heavy history - it's a light-hearted and short diversion - so it ought to be perfect summer or vacation reading. It's amusing and insightful and offers a window into a more quaint and friendly era.