Jeff Guinn is the bestselling author of numerous books, including Go Down Together, The Last Gunfight, Manson, and The Road to Jonestown. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and is a member of the Texas Literary Hall of Fame.
A fascinating slice of rarely considered American history. --Booklist Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, road-tripping buddies. . . . An entertaining story that mixes sharp portraits of their vivid personalities with details of their travels and a portrait of American society during those years. --Kirkus Reviews A fascinating snapshot of some of the less-famous years of American history. . . .[And] a portrait of America's burgeoning love affair with the automobile. --Camila Domonoske NPR.org As with many good books, this one is fun, serving as a chronicle of the trips and the eccentricity of the men who made them memorable. With a remarkable level of insight and detail, Guinn also shows us how different America was in the halcyon years before World War I. --Michael Granberry Dallas Morning News The glimpses of early automobile travel are fascinating. . . . The Vagabonds is an interesting glimpse into a slice of these inventors' lives not often seen. --Nancy Gilson The Columbus Dispatch [Guinn] has a lot of fun documenting the double takes from unsuspecting souls who saw Ford and his friends on the road. . . .One of the pleasures of The Vagabonds is remembering a time when travelers - even those as wealthy as Firestone - did get lost, without the benefit of navigation systems to set them straight. --Danny Heitman Christian Science Monitor (online)