The Long Haul

The Long Haul

A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

Book - 2017
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A long-haul trucker reflects on the changing realities of the working class as witnessed during journeys ranging from the I-95 Powerland and the Florida Everglades to the truck stops of the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.
Published: New York, N.Y. :, W W. Norton & Company,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393608717
0393608719
Branch Call Number: 388.324 MUR
Characteristics: xxiii, 229 pages ;,25 cm

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CCPL_Carly Feb 03, 2020

In an intriguing blend of human interest stories and trucking minutiae, this narrative is a journey that few experience. With humorous trucker lingo and a fascinating explanation of the hierarchy between different types of drivers, this is a truly memorable "road trip" story. Recommended for readers of other memoirs about professions.

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sloopie72
Sep 14, 2019

I saw the author in a PBS interview and was curious about the book. It's very enjoyable. Turns out he's a long-haul mover, rather than the kind of trucker I was thinking of, but that made it all the more interesting since i was about to move! He has some great insights into human behavior (I don't agree with all of them, but he makes his case) and shows what someone with a lot of motivation can do.

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kleesiebels
Mar 13, 2019

Rec by Rich Mendrop 3/2019

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BayouJohn
Mar 07, 2019

Finn takes us on a journey of America that is mundane, depressing, frightening, maddening, inexplicable and amusing out on the "big slab". Part living in a truck on the interstate, eating bad truck stop food, with the schedule and the turn always looming and only bad/ roads, directions, shippers, dispatchers, weigh stations, weather, mountain passes and other hurdles to stand in the driver's way of being on time and making money. However, there has been lots written about life on the slab and most people probably realize by now that the romance of the road, if it ever really existed, definitely ended with gps big brother tracking. Maybe the more interesting part of his story is the relationship between the moving crew and the shippers. There is stress aplenty on all sides. Finn shows us much about the psychology, pride, anger, loss, frustration in play and overheated concern for (mostly) ordinary stuff -- most of which is not worth the cost of moving, in his view. The art of sizing up the home's contents then packing the load properly in tiers, while maximizing the space in the van puts the movers skills on display. There is more to this than meets the eye. Backing a 53 foot trailer up a curving steep driveway is no snooze fest either. Having spent a college summer working for a moving company, and often helping itinerant long haul truckers, Finn's tales are about how I remember my brief brush with this life...thankless, long hours and back breaking work in all kinds of weather. It's an interesting read, funny and well told tales of this unusual life.

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jackmelba
Aug 15, 2018

Enjoyable and educational read.

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tmb32v
Jun 07, 2018

Much better than I thought it would be. This is an easy, well-written book about an industry I knew very little about. I learned that the work is hard, but the money can keep drivers on the road for years.

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patcarstensen
Jan 21, 2018

The author doesn't mention it except in the acknowledgments, but he is the son of the creator of the Prince Valiant cartoon. In contrast to a comment below, I found the introduction compelling.

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carolelliott
Dec 06, 2017

Written by a long haul trucker this book is less than it could be. The parts of the author's life as a long haul mover and later an executive mover are fascinating and I learned a lot about what movers actually do. As a military "brat", my family moved a lot -- now I have a better understanding of all the things that happened during our various moves. My mother said she lived in 21 apartments and homes in 19 years. I grew up moving.
The book is detailed and readable -- but he leaves out a large part of his life when he wasn't a long haul mover. He also leaves out most of his personal life - if he had one. All that said - it was an good, fast and informative read. If you've moved a lot or may be moving -- give this a look. I would have liked more personal information and what it was like to drive across the United States for so many years. I enjoyed his descriptions of the "shipper" i.e. the client/person being moved. Some of them are unbelievably awful to the movers and others incredibly generous and understanding. I follow a couple of trucker vlogs but none of them are movers like the author.

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MT60
Sep 20, 2017

Hard to put this book down. Crisp writing on extreme experiences. Indeed a long-haul mover gains rare insights into the human condition.

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2rosedale2
Sep 16, 2017

Interesting book. Well worth reading.

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