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Far more than an account of an 8,000 mile motorcycle adventure across the United States, Travels with Harley is a stirring memoir of an Army veteran’s 30-year quest for peace and personal and national identity. Only through service to others, he learns, can Americans of all ages find their identity and step up to national and global citizenship, starting in their own commu ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Inkshares (first published February 6th 2016)
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Barred Owl Books
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Far more than an account of an 8,000 mile motorcycle adventure across the United States, Travels with Harley is a stirring memoir of an Army veteran's 30-year quest for peace, personal and national identity. Only through service to others, he learns, can Americans of all ages find their identity and step up to national and global citizenship, starting in their own communities, and move the country forward. As the nation struggles to find a pathway to its future, Colonel Holshek's positive and em ...more
Larry Hostetler
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I've changed my rating back and forth between 3 and 4 stars more times in writing this review than in any other I've done. It's definitely better than 60% of the books I read, but I'm not sure it's better than 79% of them. Goodreads, give me 10 stars, and I'd give it a 7.

It is well-written and at times very interesting and engaging. But my enjoyment was hindered by its title and subtitle and cover image. I appreciate the title and its redolence of Steinbeck, but while from Col. Holshek's perspe
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Griffin Earwood
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Travels with Harley" was a novel assigned in class. At first I was unsure whether or not I would enjoy the book because I have never been fond of reading. It was difficult to understand Holshek's writing style but after the first chapter it was a little more clear. The way the author shows the importance of citizenship and involvement in a small community is incredible. Holshek conveys how important it is for a person to be involved in their community. It draws the reader in by giving first han ...more
Cin
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I truly enjoyed reading this book. Very inspirational and it delivers strong messages. I believe I will read this book again. I would recommend my friends to read this well written book.
I received a free copy of this book from the Goodreads First Reads program. Thanks for sending me this wonderful book.
Logan Mcnabb
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book was a very good read. The book shows how involvement in the community can lead to something much bigger. The author uses the great view of how people from the outside look in on the United States. He tell of all the things he sees on his cross country trip and it is remarkable. I would suggest reading it and I would love to read it again.
Susan Walker
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very cool book. The Author/Retired Colonel writes of freedom and patriotism while traveling the USA.
John Fredrickson
Dec 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This engaging book is a mix of autobiography, travelogue, and cultural critique. Holshek is very well-read, and clearly draws on Steinbeck's book Travels with Charley, as well as Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for some of his inspiration.

The text itself follows his journey across America on a Harley motorcycle as a (mostly) post-retirement exercise. During his trip he recounts some of his traveling experiences, while also reflecting on lessons he learned in his military care
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P M E
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm a little annoyed because this is exactly the trip I wanted to do; a motorcycle trip across America after stepping away from active duty in the military (enter COVID-19, stage left), and he stole my story ;)

Although it turns out Holshek has an eminently unique vantage point for writing a book on American values - as a citizen soldier with experience in the UN and at the liminal edge of foreign policy in America. He has gained invaluable wisdom and insight into what makes America truly great.
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Christopher Holshek, Colonel (retired), U.S. Army Civil Affairs, is a senior civil-military advisor at Narrative Strategies, the NATO ResilientCivilians project, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding, as well as a former Senior Associate at the Project on National Security Reform. His three decades of civil-military experience includes command of the first U.S. Army Civil Affairs battalion to deploy ...more

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