The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a...

Title:The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
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ISBN:0393608719
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Reviews

  • Dorothy Hodder
    Mar 22, 2017

    I love learning how other people live and how the heavy work of the world gets done. This likable, thoughtful, observant professional mover says most people would be better off to put more importance on the people in their lives and less on their stuff. His stories are informative and reassuring for anyone hiring movers, and motivational to anyone who wants to let go of stuff.

    This review is based on a free review copy sent to my library by the publisher.

  • Jim
    Jun 04, 2017

    I won this book on Goodreads. An interesting look into the life of a trucker. I am glad that I read this book as I once was interested in becoming a trucker myself and was always curious about the life they lead and the things they do. This book is a fascinating glimpse into the very hard and under-appreciated life of a trucker. There are some very memorable stories written in this book.

  • Jacquie Vegan-schwartz
    May 05, 2017

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I requested this book to review, but it appeared at the right time to peak my curiosity. My uncle, now 84 years old was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer recently. He was a long distance trucker for most of his life. For my uncle there was no question he loved his job and missed every moment he wasn't on the road. This book appeared a couple of days after my visit with him at the hospital. My curiosity with a truckers life was peaked and so I began the book. Th

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I requested this book to review, but it appeared at the right time to peak my curiosity. My uncle, now 84 years old was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer recently. He was a long distance trucker for most of his life. For my uncle there was no question he loved his job and missed every moment he wasn't on the road. This book appeared a couple of days after my visit with him at the hospital. My curiosity with a truckers life was peaked and so I began the book. The author is articulate, humorous and portrays a culture that few of us are exposed to. The book was riddled with interesting trivia, history and much more. The author was also just as passionate with this little known career. It was far from boring and I looked forward to reading it until the end. Thanks so much for allowing me the opportunity to review this book.

  • Joanna Lefave
    May 24, 2017

    I surprisingly enjoyed this book. It is not a book I would typically pick up but I was reading it as an ARC for a literary festival. I think because I knew nothing on the subject going in it was thoroughly entertaining. It's not the most beautifully written book I've read but it is certainly hard to put down. It is a witty account of a life most of us will never know, except maybe from the shippers side. Because of it I would hope we would all be a little more patient with the long haul truckers

    I surprisingly enjoyed this book. It is not a book I would typically pick up but I was reading it as an ARC for a literary festival. I think because I knew nothing on the subject going in it was thoroughly entertaining. It's not the most beautifully written book I've read but it is certainly hard to put down. It is a witty account of a life most of us will never know, except maybe from the shippers side. Because of it I would hope we would all be a little more patient with the long haul truckers on the road.

  • Wendy
    Jun 14, 2017

    For someone who's driven through 42 states in the continental US, this book was an absolute delight! The author lives in Boulder so loved all the Colorado references. +1 star for the Conifer shoutout!!

    Finn, will you come do a book talk at the Denver Public Library???

  • Lynne Spreen
    Jun 13, 2017

    What a good book. It's the memoir of an autodidactic gentleman trucker. I'd rank it right up with Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance. A thoughtful view of America from ten feet up in a Freightliner, hauling furniture cross-country. The writing is excellent and the narrator impressive and relatable. Here's a sample:

    "A Jake brake...sounds like a machine gun beneath my feet as it works to keep 70,000 pounds of steel and rubber under control."

    Also, this: "I was running north in a convoy with nine other tr

    What a good book. It's the memoir of an autodidactic gentleman trucker. I'd rank it right up with Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance. A thoughtful view of America from ten feet up in a Freightliner, hauling furniture cross-country. The writing is excellent and the narrator impressive and relatable. Here's a sample:

    "A Jake brake...sounds like a machine gun beneath my feet as it works to keep 70,000 pounds of steel and rubber under control."

    Also, this: "I was running north in a convoy with nine other trucks...We flew together for 130 miles doing 65 the whole way...it was wonderful...We all fell into a groove. Everybody was driving well, everybody was professional, everybody was going fast but not crazy fast, and there was a plane of consciousness that we had together. It's the closest thing to a Zen experience I know, except when I'm in my loading trance."

    And finally: "Terry dropped his trailer and hooked up (another). He pulled away in a glob of diesel smoke and a toot from the air horn. Gone. It's unlikely I'll ever see him again. He was a smart, thoughtful, and defeated man caught in the amber of class, education, and diminished expectations for himself and his progeny."

    Especially since the last election, many Americans are trying to learn more about their fellow countrymen, and the reality of the life of people they don't interact with. There should be a category of books called, "Learn about the Real America." The Long Haul and Hillbilly Elegy would be on that shelf.

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