Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Hobo Handbook by Josh Mack

The Hobo Handbook: A Field Guide to Living by your Own Rules by Josh Mack, 240 pages

The title says it all. This is a how-to book for being a hobo, which is different from a vagabond and a bum.  The book provides the reader with the insight to being a hobo, which is much more than strapping on a bindle and hopping on the next freight train.  No, hobo culture is rich and deep, go so far as to having the National Hobo Convention, held annually since 1889, and a Hobo Code of Ethics, decided upon and approved at the first convention.  And although hoboing may be a dying trend, they are still out there.  The modern hobo exists and has adapted to modern society.  Instead of thumbing for rides or hopping freights, the hobo will be more likely to use the internet to find a ride.

The book was full of information.  Granted I'm not overly sure how useful most of it will be, but it was definitely an entertaining read.

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