Professor Douglas Brinkley arranged to teach a six-week experimental class aboard a fully equipped sleeper bus. The class would visit thirty states and ten national parks. They would read twelve books by great American writers. They would see Bob Dylan in Seattle, gamble at a Vegas casino, dance to Bourbon Street jazz in New Orleans, pay homage to Elvis Presley's Graceland and William Faulkner's Rowan Oak, ride the whitewater rapids on the Rio Grande, and experience a California earthquake. Their journey took them to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Abraham Lincoln's Springfield, Harry Truman's Independence, and Theodore Roosevelt's North Dakota badlands. And it gave them the unforgettable experience of meeting some of their cultural heroes, including William S. Burroughs and Ken Kesey, who took the gang for a spin in his own psychedelic bus. Driven by Doug Brinkley's energetic prose, The Majic Bus is a spirited travelogue of a unique experience.
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About the Author
Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and a contributing editor at "Vanity Fair". "The Chicago Tribune" has dubbed him "America's new past master." Six of his books have been selected as "New York Times" Notable Books of the Year. His most recent book, "The Great Deluge", won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He lives in Texas with his wife and three children.
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The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
One of the best books I've read. A historian takes a group of college students around the country, visiting sites connected with American history and literature.
Douglas Brinkley, a new young history professor at Hoftra University teams up with a philosopher-trucker and a bus to embark with his students on the ultimate road trip through history. I couldn't put this book down and felt cheated that I did not have the chance to join such an adventure during my university years.
This book was required for one of my classes, and I enjoyed it very much! It truly captures the American spirit and shows how learning should really take place - where it originated. These kids were able to study Huck Finn on the banks of the Mississippi, learn about the history of Jazz while touring New Orleans and so forth. After reading this book, I have been inspired to travel America as much as possible and maybe even one day, go on a Majic Bus of my own!