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Turn Left At The Trojan Horse

A Would-Be Hero's American Odyssey

by Brad Herzog

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"Turn Left at the Trojan Horse had me howling with laughter and nodding at the razor-sharp observation." Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House.

"Go away. Figure it out," she was saying. "Don't come back until you do." She looked at the calendar. "You have thirty-one days."

With these words, like Helen of Troy launching a thousand ships across the Aegean, Brad Herzog's wife launched a Winnebago Aspect onto the open road.

A modern day Odysseus in Kerouac clothing, Brad Herzog plunges into a solo cross-country search for insight. With middle age bearing down on him, he takes stock: How has he measured up to his own youthful aspirations? In contemporary America, what is a life well lived? What is a heroic life?

From the foothills of Washington's Mount Olympus, through the forgotten corners of America, and finally to his college reunion in Ithaca, New York, Brad shares his personal odyssey. Stopping in classically named towns, he meets every day heroes, including a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Troy, Oregon; a modern day hobo in Iliad, Montana; and a bomb squad soldier in Sparta, Wisconsin. These encounters and Brad's effortlessly infused musings make for an exciting, one-of-a-kind ride.

"A truly epic journey."A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically

"As we sit in Herzog's passenger seat, we cannot help but stare out the window and even see our own reflection in the glass."Liz Robbins, author of A Race Like No Other

Publication Details

Publisher:
Kensington
Imprint:
Citadel
Publication Date:
2010
Available in:
United States, Australia

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Brad Herzog (Author)

Brad Herzog lives on California's Monterey Peninsula with his wife and their two sons. He has been described as a "modern day Steinbeck" and a "Picasso of the Winnebago," and Lonely Planet has ranked his travel memoirs among eight classics of the ...

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