In the genre of John Steinbeck’s Travels With Charlie, this book is a philosophical journey down the East Coast of America. Sometimes a drive is more than just a vacation or outing; occasionally it is more like a quest or a renewal of spirit. This author did not travel just to see the towns and countryside; rather he went to see the how’s and why’s of those things that built the fabric of a nation and a society. He went to the forests primeval and to the savage beaches and to the places where we are educated and to the places where we live and work. He visited the seats of government, the impoverished corners of this land, and along the way, stood head-bowed in the places where we go to die. Like the intricate mechanism in a fine, old watch, he went to discover how all the elements of life mesh so precisely together to give us that thing we call Americana.