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The VagabondsRed the Everglades The following year Ford Edison and tire maker Harvey Firestone joined together on a summer camping trip and decided to call themselves The Vagabonds They would continue their summer road trips until when they announced that their fame made it too difficult for them to carry on Although The Vagabonds traveled with an entourage of chefs butlers and others this elite fraternity also had a serious purpose to examine the conditions of America’s roadways and improve the practicality of automobile travel Cars were unreliable and the roads were even worse But newspaper coverage of these trips was ext.

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Ensive and as cars and roads improved the summer trip by automobile soon became a desired element of American life The Vagabonds is “a portrait of America’s burgeoning love affair with the automobile” NPR but it also sheds light on the important relationship between the older Edison and the younger Ford who once worked for the famous inventor The road trips made the automobile ubiuitous and magnified Ford’s reputation even as Edison’s diminished The automobile would transform the American landscape the American economy and the American way of life and Guinn brings this seminal moment in history to vivid lif.

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review Ë The Vagabonds Ð ❰Reading❯ ➿ The Vagabonds Author Jeff Guinn – Connecfloor.co.uk A “fascinating slice of rarely considered American history” Booklist—the story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison—whose annual summer sojourns introduced the road trip to our culture and made the A “fascinating slice of rarely considereReading The Vagabonds Author Jeff Guinn Connecfloor.co.uk A “fascinating slice of rarely considered American history” Booklist—the story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison—whose annual summer sojourns introduced the road trip to our culture and made the A “fascinating slice of rarely considered American history” Booklist—the story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison—whose annual summer sojourns introduced the road trip to our culture and made the automobile an essential part of modern lifeIn Henry Ford and naturalist John Burroughs visited Thomas Edison in Florida and tou.

review Ë The Vagabonds Jeff Guinn is a former longtime journalist who has won national regional and state awards for investigative reporting feature writing and literary criticism Guinn is also the bestselling author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including but not limited to Go Down Together The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde which was a finalist for an Edgar Award in ; The Last Gunfig.

10 Comments on "review Ë The Vagabonds"

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    review Ë The Vagabonds The VagabondsThomas Edison Henry Ford John Burroughs and Harvey Firestone”Beyond the pleasure it brought to the men themselves the Edison Ford friendship also thrilled ordinary Americans whose lives were radically changed to great extent blessed by the two men’s inventions and innovations Later in 1914 the outbreak of war in Europe and America’s potential entry into the conflict began dominating the news That made it even refreshing to read about Edison and Ford in newspapers a


  • Matt

    review Ë The Vagabonds The VagabondsIt is always interesting to learn about people of some fame particularly when one can trace and note interactions they had with other people of notoriety Jeff Guinn has penned this uasi biography about four such men during a decade in the early 20th century Henry Ford Thomas Edison Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs—dubbed The Vagabonds—took annual trips together during the decade of 1913 23 During these trips these men not only took time away from their chaotic business lives but also spent time strengthening their personal and business friendships Guinn explores how Ford and Edison the closest of the group forged strong friendship as they helped one another in their respective business ventures These annual trips would garner much media and public attention creating a caravan of notoriety wherever the group we


  • Dan

    review Ë The Vagabonds The VagabondsWoooo was Henry Ford anti Semitic or what Great book but Ford and Edison to a lesser extent was a racist d bag


  • Andrew

    review Ë The Vagabonds The VagabondsI like Guinn He is both a novelist of the old west and an excellent writer of social history This book which recounts the early automobile travel of the vagabondsEdison Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone is a fascinating slice of history I knew nothing about Good portraits of thee Vagabonds in the context of the political and social history of the late teens and early twenties of the 20th century and the growth of the automobile motels and travel I really enjoyed this book—particularly learning about iconic figures of the 20th century in a new context Well written as well Highly recommended


  • Jim Stennett

    review Ë The Vagabonds The VagabondsI read the galley and this is an excellent book not just for students of Ford or Edison but for anyone interested in this era Fun well written highly researched and captivating I actually picked it up just as a respite from another book and haven’t gotten back to the first book yet Highly recommended


  • Melissa Dee

    review Ë The Vagabonds The VagabondsThe Vagabonds” tells the story of the birth of the road trip the American yen to load the family in the car and hit the highway Thomas Edison Harvey Firestone and Henry Ford a trio of inventors and industrialists spent a decade in the early 1900’s making annual road tours that popularized automobile camping This book is social history at its best exploring the relationships between the men and setting their trips in the context of the history of the US at their time


  • Nancy

    review Ë The Vagabonds The VagabondsAs someone who loves s a road trip I enjoyed Jeff Guinn's non fiction account of Henry Ford Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone's travels in the early days of the automobile Coming from Detroit the Ford family looms large in that city in both a business and social sense but I was not really


  • Allison

    review Ë The Vagabonds The VagabondsI enjoyed this book well enough for the background into road trips and the first obstacles faced as cars were used in this way That was


  • Janis

    review Ë The Vagabonds The VagabondsAs the title suggests The Vagabonds The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten Year Road Trip tells the tale of Ford and Edison’s uniue and unusual friendship Along with Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs and lots of staff they took almost annual motoring camping vacations between 1914 and 1924 Their early journeys were challenging due to rough roads inaccurate maps and undependable automobiles Although I had previously read biographies of both Ford and Edison I enjoyed learning about their friendship as well as the rising popularity of car travel in the early 20th century


  • Eden

    review Ë The Vagabonds The Vagabonds2020 bk 124 What I thought would be an interesting camping story albeit camping by rich and influential guys at the beginning of the 20th century turned out to be an endurance read Yes there were brief bits about the camping telling us where they would drive to and maybe a few details per trip I was anticipating a book focused on the camping trips not one focused on the overall lives of the Ford's Edison's and their friends I did not expect a book focused on the world and politics I did not expect this book It was a well written book but the focus was not what I expected when I picked up the book and read the blurb I starred it low because it did not meet expectations