On the Road in '68

A year of turmoil, a journey of friendship

Non-Fiction - General
310 Pages
Reviewed on 11/23/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Tom Leech, author and professional speaker, transports reader back to 1968. It was a tumultuous time in history. I remember that year; I was a freshman in high school. Needless to say I did not actively participate in the events that made 68 a year to remember. Leech traveled around the world the first six months of 68.

In 1968 the US dollar was worth a lot more than it is today. Unfortunately the Euro is now worth much more. Email didn’t exist in 68, instead we depended on the postal service. The draft existed in 1968. If you were age 18-35 you could be drafted into the Army. Abroad people looked at Americans with respect; we lost much of that in the last few years. In 68 we were in the midst of the Vietnam War.  The US was the economic leader of the world.

Leech shares many humorous tales with readers. He reminisces on the warmth and comfort of a hot water bottle and the hospitality of a friendly truck driver.  

Month by month he describes his travels. He reminds us of what was going on in the rest of the world during that month. He shares where he was and what he was doing. The photographs add much to this book. I’d love to have seen more. I’d forgotten much of what he shares. I enjoyed a look at the past. I love to travel and I am a bit envious of Tom Leech’s adventure. Thank you Mr. Leech for a trip through the time machine, back to 1968!