America Unchained, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The plan was simple. Go to America. Buy a second-hand car. Drive coast-to-coast without giving any money to The Man'.

What could possibly go wrong? Dismayed by the relentless onslaught of faceless American chains muscling in where local businesses had once thrived, Dave Gorman set off on the ultimate American road trip - in search of the true, independent heart of the U S of A.

He would eat cherry pie from local diners, re-fuel at dusty gas stations and stock up on supplies from Mom and Pop's grocery store.

At least that was the idea. But when did you last see an independent gas station?

Gamely, Dave beds down in a Colorado trailer park, sleeps in an Oregon forest treehouse, and even spends Thanksgiving with a Mexican family in Kansas.

But when his road trip mutates into an odyssey of near-epic proportions and he finds himself being threatened at gun point in Mississippi, Dave starts to worry about what's going to break down next.

The car...or him?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780091899370



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This is the type of book I am very drawn to. Adventure, travel, wit. And yet Dave Gorman got a bit whingey (whiney) fact he threw a positively cry-like-a-baby-girl-fit at one point. That was the only thing that tempered my like of the book. Duffy and I, I dare say, could have done a better job, and we even discussed how we'd have set about to do it.Funny though, I have only sat and flipped through British tv channels two or three times. The other night I did so, perhaps the second time I ever recall doing it. And up pops this face of a person wearing a dorky cardigan. I just knew it was him. It was. He happens to host a show called 'Genius'. For those familiar with my brother Scott's Sidewalk-Not a Sidewalk, it is simliar to that! As David came to bed the show was winding down and we finished viewing it together and the end of that epiosde was pretty funny. By the way, the sound of his voice is rather dorky. (I'm not usually tough on people this way, but I think he takes a stab when he's able so I think it's fair that I just say what I think.) ;)

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A missed oportunity. A great idea for an interesting book but not carried through, becomes a filling station to filling station saga with rare bursts of average characterisation and in the last US states simply runs out of ideas. PS all the people in Kansas are saints and all those in Missippippi completely thye opposite - I doubt it!

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I've read this one before, twice in fact, so this isn't really a review so much as an - even though I've read it before, twice in fact, it's still really readable and really enjoyable.