The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road - Finn Murphy

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road

By Finn Murphy

  • Release Date: 2017-06-06
  • Genre: Transportation
Score: 4.5
From 87 Ratings


A long-haul mover’s rollicking account of life out on the Big Slab.

More than thirty years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a long-haul trucker. Since then he’s covered more than a million miles packing, loading, and hauling people’s belongings all over America. Known by his trucker handle as U-Turn, he spends his days (and many of his nights) in a 53-foot eighteen-wheeler he calls Cassidy.

In The Long Haul, Murphy offers a trucker’s-eye view of America on the move. Going far beyond the myth of the American road trip, he whisks readers down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains. As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.

Some 40 million Americans move each year, and very few have any idea what they’re getting into or the kind of person to whom they are relinquishing their worldly goods. The Long Haul is also a behind-the-scenes look at the moving industry, revealing what really happens when we call in “the movers.”

Through it all, Murphy tells poignant, funny, and often haunting stories of the people he encounters on the job: a feisty hoarder in New Hampshire; a Virginia homeowner raging when Murphy’s truck accidentally runs down a stand of trees; an ex-banker in Colorado who treats Finn and his crew with undisguised contempt; a widow who needs Murphy to bring her archeologist husband’s remains and relics to a Navajo burial ceremony in New Mexico. These experiences inspire Finn’s memorable reflections on work, class, and the bonds we form with the things we own and the places we live.

Brimming with personality and filled with great characters, The Long Haul is a resonant portrait of the enduring appeal of manual labor in the dark underbelly of the American Dream.


  • The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road

    By Dtechwriter
    One great read! A side of life I had completely missed. If I ever move again, you can believe there will be a cup of coffee and a place to put used Gatorade bottles.
  • The Long Haul

    By B Shirley
    Very interesting life story of long haul trucker. I have new respect for truckers and moving company employees!
  • Nomadic Philosopher

    By ThatD2
    Finn Murphy’s keen observations paint an intimate portrait of the spectrum of human existence; the prose answer equivalent to “42,” his insights are both enlightening and enigmatic.
  • Book Review

    By wwgron
    FANTASTIC read! As a road warrior myself, I found myself empathizing with many of the situations presented in the book.
  • A Well Written Gem of a Book

    By Xcntrytrip
    Finn Murphy is a master storyteller. I can almost hear the chorus of, "Finn, you should write a book!" he probably heard whenever he regaled friends with these tales from his life on the road. It is a well written gem of a book that entertains and enlightens from beginning to end. It will be one of those books that I recommend to friends, buy as a gift, and talk about for a long time.