Jeff Guinn

We are thrilled to have Jeff Guinn visiting the store on Sunday, August 18th at 4:00pm for a Wine & Cheese event to celebrate his newest book, The Vagabonds. This is a free event though reservations are requested. To RSVP please contact us by phone at 231.347.1180, by email at events@mcleanandeakin.com or through Facebook or Eventbrite. 

The fascinating story of two American giants—Henry Ford and Thomas Edison—whose annual summer sojourns introduced the road trip to our culture and made the automobile an essential part of modern life, even as their own relationship altered dramatically. 

In 1914 Henry Ford and naturalist John Burroughs visited Thomas Edison in Florida and toured the Everglades. The following year Ford, Edison, and tire maker Harvey Firestone joined together on a summer camping trip and decided to call themselves the Vagabonds. They would continue their summer road trips until 1925, when they announced that their fame made it too difficult for them to carry on.

Although the Vagabonds traveled with an entourage of chefs, butlers, and others, this elite fraternity also had a serious purpose: to examine the conditions of America’s roadways and improve the practicality of automobile travel. Cars were unreliable and the roads were even worse. But newspaper coverage of these trips was extensive, and as cars and roads improved, the summer trip by automobile soon became a desired element of American life.

In The Vagabonds Jeff Guinn shares the story of this pivotal moment in American history. But he also examines the important relationship between the older Edison and the younger Ford, who once worked for the famous inventor. The road trips made the automobile ubiquitous and magnified Ford’s reputation, even as Edison’s diminished. The automobile had come of age and it would transform the American landscape, the American economy, and the American way of life.

Guinn brings to life this seminal moment when a new industry created a watershed cultural shift and a famous businessman became a prominent political figure. The Vagabonds is a wonderful story of two American giants and the transformation of the country. 

Jeff Guinn is an award-winning former investigative journalist and the bestselling author of numerous books, including Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde; The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral—And How It Changed the West; Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson; and The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. Guinn lives in Fort Worth, Texas

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The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781501159305
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

The fascinating story of two American giants—Henry Ford and Thomas Edison—whose annual summer sojourns introduced the road trip to our culture and made the automobile an essential part of modern life, even as their own relationship altered dramatically.

In 1914 Henry Ford and naturalist John Burroughs visited Thomas Edison in Florida and toured the Everglades.


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The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781476763835
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 10th, 2018

2018 Edgar Award Finalist—Best Fact Crime
“A thoroughly readable, thoroughly chilling account of a brilliant con man and his all-too vulnerable prey” (The Boston Globe)—the definitive story of preacher Jim Jones, who was responsible for the Jonestown Massacre, the largest murder-suicide in American history, by the New York Times bestselling author o


Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781451645170
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 5th, 2014

The New York Times bestselling, authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson, filled with surprising new information and previously unpublished photographs: “A riveting, almost Dickensian narrative…four stars” (People).

More than forty years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate


Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781416557074
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 9th, 2010

Bestselling author Jeff Guinn combines exhaustive research with surprising, newly discovered material to tell the real tale of two kids from a filthy Dallas slum who fell in love and then willingly traded their lives for a brief interlude of excitement and, more important, fame.


The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral-And How It Changed the American West Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781439154250
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - May 15th, 2012

A New York Times bestseller, Jeff Guinn’s definitive, myth-busting account of the most famous gunfight in American history reveals who Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clantons and McLaurys really were and what the shootout was all about—“the most thorough account of the gunfight and its circumstances ever published” (The Wall Street Journal)

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