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Book Review: Ghost Towns of Route 66

2011-12-10 07:55:50

Is your bookshelf complete?

Well-designed, Ghost Towns of Route 66 (text by Jim Hinckley, photos by Kerrick James) is lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs, and is organized as one would drive the highway from east to west. The geographic orientation, coupled with the fine selection of photographs, results in a virtual tour of the ruins of the old highway, a perfect feast for the armchair traveler.

Mr. Hinckley strikes a good balance—including just enough historical information on the various communities to stoke one’s imagination, while stopping well short of what might be considered overload for the non-historians in his audience. Additionally, he makes a point of including several small “When You Go” passages that provide some minimal driving instructions (although those looking for a true Guide will need to look elsewhere).

The book concludes with a list of suggested reading, although there are a number of books in today’s Route 66 canon that have been conspicuously omitted, most notably the Route 66 Adventure Handbook, a roadie favorite currently in its 4th edition.

All in all, Ghost Towns of Route 66 belongs on the bookshelves of serious travelers along the Mother Road, as well as those whose plans for Route 66 adventure are still in the dreaming stages.

~Drew Knowles, Route 66 University


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