The Rough Guide to the USA

Twelfth edition, 2017. 1072 pages.

Nine authors, including Greg Ward

When Rough Guides first decided to publish a guide to

the whole USA, I was the commissioning editor – and I

commissioned myself to write it. The other authors included Samantha Cook, who’s now my wife.

Road trips over the years have given us the chance to hear Al Green sing in his church at Memphis, just down the road from Graceland; hike to the geysers of Yellowstone, as pictured here; and yes, even shake hands with Mickey Mouse.


When Rough Guides first decided to publish a guide to the whole USA, I was the commissioning editor – and I commissioned myself to write it. The other authors included Samantha Cook, who’s now my wife. Road trips over the years have given us the chance to hear Al Green sing in his church at Memphis, just down the road from Graceland; hike to the geysers of Yellowstone, as pictured here; and yes, even shake hands with Mickey Mouse. 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