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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rana
    Jul 03, 2017

    I absolutely love this genre, what I personally call regular-person memoir. There is such a wonderful informal writing style, it's just some dude telling me about his life. And his life is freaking fascinating.

  • Sam Sattler
    Jul 03, 2017

    The Long Haul got off to kind of a slow start, but it finished strong and the last one-third or so of the book is really engaging work. Folks curious about a trucker's life on the road will want to read this one as part of their research because Murphy offers some interesting insights about the state of the industry and both its short-term and long-term futures.

  • Candice
    Jul 10, 2017

    This was a well written, literate and interesting book. It had particular value to me since i was once a long-haul mover for NorthAmerican Van Lines, like Murphy, many decades ago. So to be reminded of all the ARDUOUS work I did as a young, small-boned woman - all the complicated physical, emotional, technical and business details that come with it, not to even mention what it takes to drive a big rig all over the US under all sorts of circumstances and in all kinds of weather and the inherent d

    This was a well written, literate and interesting book. It had particular value to me since i was once a long-haul mover for NorthAmerican Van Lines, like Murphy, many decades ago. So to be reminded of all the ARDUOUS work I did as a young, small-boned woman - all the complicated physical, emotional, technical and business details that come with it, not to even mention what it takes to drive a big rig all over the US under all sorts of circumstances and in all kinds of weather and the inherent danger of simply being on the road 24/7, made me appreciate the book, the drivers (and myself!) even more.

  • Richard
    Jul 11, 2017

    This book is a brief (fewer than 200 pages) memoir of the author’s life as the driver of a moving van. Written by Finn Murphy, and published by W. W. Norton and Company in 2017, the book is largely anecdotal, covering two periods of the author’s life. The first period was the time when Murphy first became associated with the moving industry and began driving a truck. This was when he was living in Connecticut. He eventually melted down and stopped driving for a number of years, before beginning

    This book is a brief (fewer than 200 pages) memoir of the author’s life as the driver of a moving van. Written by Finn Murphy, and published by W. W. Norton and Company in 2017, the book is largely anecdotal, covering two periods of the author’s life. The first period was the time when Murphy first became associated with the moving industry and began driving a truck. This was when he was living in Connecticut. He eventually melted down and stopped driving for a number of years, before beginning again at the age of 51 when he was living in Colorado.

    All in all, the book is an entertaining read. Plus, a reader can learn a lot about the moving industry and the way it really works. Who knew, for example, how much money van line drivers could make in a year? Who knew how dangerous he job could be? Who knew how hard these men must work, and for how many hours each week?

    The book is an easy read, and I enjoyed it very much. If you are at all interested in the life of a long-haul moving van driver (also known to other truckers as a “bedbugger’), then read this short, but entertaining, work. You might also learn the meaning of the terms: “skate boarder,” “chicken choker,” “reefer,” “suicide jockey,” and others. You might learn why moving van drivers are looked down upon and shunned by other long haul truck drivers, and how they are treated differently, even at truck stops. I think you’ll like this very well-written, but too short, work of non-fiction.

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