Speaker Date Topic
Larry Neal Oct 21, 2021
Meeting followed by tour of new North Branch Library, 54100 Broughton Road, Macomb, MI 48042
Rufus McGaugh, author and world traveller Nov 18, 2021 12:15 PM
Joyriding with a Terrorist in Yemen: and Other Travel Tales

He’s back! Rufus McGaugh, whose first book, Longitude and Latitude, with Attitude, chronicled some of his first 49 years of travel around the globe to every country in the world, has written a follow-up, detailing more of his journeys from that time (and of the two years since)—both the travails and triumphs—once again in entertaining and amusing (sometimes even instructive and moving) vignettes.But Joyriding with a Terrorist in Yemen is even more than an engrossing travelogue.In it, Rufus revisits his Vietnam experience and the aftermath—both in the rather amusing tale of his last days as a Marine and in the grim descriptions of the misery of wounds and disease.He gives us a glimpse into what it’s like to teach middle-schoolers about world travel (and phys. ed.). He chronicles the hazards of family trips, and he delivers some of his trademark stories about getting lost in Copper Canyon in Mexico, getting hassled in Saudi Arabia, and—yes—joyriding with a terrorist in Yemen.As in Longitude and Latitude, with Attitude, Rufus writes unpretentiously, often comically, frequently informatively—and unexpectedly profoundly—about the adventures and misadventures he experienced on his journeys. Once again, other wanderers like him—and armchair travelers everywhere—will be entranced and enchanted by what he has to relate.