“There’s nothing semi about Finn Murphy’s trucking tales of The Long Haul.”Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair
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 as a mover, packing, loading, hauling people’s belongings all over America. In The Long Haul, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades and the poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Finn Murphy grew up in Connecticut and now lives in Colorado. He started working as a long-haul trucker in 1980. The Long Haul is his first book.
Table of Contents
Part I The Truck
Chapter 1 Punching In 3
Chapter 2 Road Warriors 17
Chapter 3 Tenderfoot 39
Part II The Powerlane
Chapter 4 Hammer Down 51
Chapter 5 Seven Shippers 67
Chapter 6 The Pot of Gold 83
Part III The Big Slab
Chapter 7 Back on the Road 111
Chapter 8 Here Come the Movers 127
Chapter 9 Invisible Men 153
Chapter 10 Baby Grand 163
Chapter 11 Waiting Time 175
Chapter 12 Paradise 191
Chapter 13 The Great White Mover 199
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A quick and entertaining read. Gives the reader a fresh point of view into the lives of one segment of the myriad eighteen wheelers we see on our highways every day.
I've got a BS in engineering, a MS in Finance, another in Marketing, but burned out of getting a Ph.D. in education. I've got my CDL learner's permit and am reading this on the bus to school to get my CDL. I heard his interview with Teri Gross the day I decided to go thru with this. Nice to hear his perspective on the industry.
Entertaing look at life as a long haul mover with keen insights into America and Americans
This book is written by a profession mover who also drives the items being moved in a tractor trailer. Murphy recounts some stories of this time on the job. About the lingo, how the job works, the interesting people he has met only because of his job. Murphy walks us through how he even got starting in the moving industry, his parents reaction when he decided to drop out of college to pursue his career. Murphy recounts a widow he was helping rush across the country in just a few days. Her son is driving her. The widow dies on the way, but her son talks Murphy into attending the funeral of his dad as a warrior with a Native American tribe. The family wasn't Native American, the dad was a professor who lived and worked with this tribe. Murphy shares about the pack and load job where he packs up a military family at Offutt, drives to the new place only to learn that the guy sent his wife and son and had no intention of joining. The wife threw a fit, slept with Murphy, and got her and her son back to Omaha. This book is rather funny and very well told. Overall, this book is a highly entertaining read!
Finn Murphy began working as a long-haul mover in 1980 when he realized he could make as much money out on the road as he could in an office. Walking away from his last year of college, Murphy retained his love of books, but chose the open road. In The Long Haul, Murphy details some of the day-to-day rigors and perils of long-haul moving while recounting stories of some of his most memorable trips and clients. While many movers doubtlessly have hilarious stories of their trade, Murphy possesses an uncanny knack for crafting a unique blend of bizarre and heartwarming stories into addicting chapter format. He takes the reader from one end of the U.S. to the other, noting how areas are different, and also increasingly the same. Throughout, Murphy’s voice serves as a calm and ever-present companion as the cities slip steadily by. From laugh-out-loud stories of rookie mistakes to deeper moments of growth and maturity, Finn balances his narrative well and leaves the reader wanting more. I personally hope this is the start of a long career in travel writing for Murphy, as he adds an enjoyably distinct new voice to the field. Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Really great book. I love the story telling. I've moved about a dozen times and never thought about the people that make it happen. Well worth it.
I've always wondered...now I know!
I'll remember this book next time I pass a semi.