This week's book highlights the unique geography of these United States. He drives from coast to coast, noting different things about each part he goes through. Kaplan notes Purdue, among other universities in the modern Midwest and their impact on the Midwest. He talks about the Mormons culture, as he moves towards Utah and the West. He eventually makes it all the way to the naval base at San Diego, California. A beautiful cross country travel log by Robert D.Kaplan. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.