Best Books About Route 66

After purchasing seven books about Route 66, I can make some solid recommendations for what I’ve found to be most useful. The books below are the ones I would recommend to PHOTOGRAPHERS, not necessarily the general public. That is assuming a photographer wants to know what they should expect to SEE and how to get there without too much energy expended reading about the details. Here are the books I recommend:


1) Images of 66 by David Wickline features a very visual look at Route 66. The photos aren’t fine art works or anything, but they are enough to really give you a sense for what you should see when driving different sections of Route 66. The book lacks detailed maps and turn-by-turn directions for how to find the areas shown in the photographs… and that’s why you’ll need the next two resources. This is the book I check out to plan which areas I think would be most valuable photographically and which areas I might be able to skip, or enjoy for other reasons. This book is only available from establishments along Route 66 or on the author’s web site.


2) The best turn by turn directions for following what’s left of Route 66 can be found in EZ 66 Guide For Travelers by Jerry McClanahan. Each page shows a map of a small section of Route 66, unusually covering the details of a drive between two towns. He will tell you about every turn you’ll need to make, so you don’t get lost, but there are few visuals (which is why you need the first book I mentioned). This is the book that I keep next to me when I’m driving and refer to often. I consider this to be absolutely essential to anyone who is serious about driving Route 66.


3) If you want to get a "big picture" of what to expect in each state along Route 66, then consider Here It Is-Route 66-The Map Series, which is a collection of eight fold out maps, one for each state that Route 66 passes through. It’s made by the same guy as the book above and provides less detail and more of a big picture of your route. This isn’t in any way essential, but I still found it to be useful. This might be useful when doing pre-planning, or when you’re about to pass into a new state and want to see how close you’ll be staying to a major interstate and determine where you might want to stay the night each day.


If you’re someone who really wants to read all the details and brush up on the history of Route 66, then I’d suggest the excellent Route 66-The Mother Road by Michael Wallis. It’s a very in-depth book with many interviews, historic information and photographs, but would be my last choice for keeping next to the drivers seat when trying to figure out where you are and which turns to take. This might be a good book to read well before or after your trip down Route 66 so you can absorb the history of the road, so you can appreciate it fully.

Photoshop CS3: Up to Speed is Here!


I just received my first copy of my new book Photoshop CS3: Up to Speed! Amazon is listing it has shipping in 2-4 weeks, but Barnes & Noble made a special purchase and is shipping them right away.

I received an e-mail from someone who has already had a chance to read the book before I received a copy… I guess my publisher sent a box of books to my old house that I sold over a year ago!

The book covers all the new features found in the standard version of Photoshop CS3 and the one new feature in the extended version that I wish they would have included in the standard version.

A must have book


If you plan to photograph Utah or Arizona, then be sure to pick up a copy of the book Photographing the Southwest by Laurent Martres. It comes in two volumes: Volume 1 covers Southern Utah, while Volume 2 covers Arizona. These books show you exactly where to visit to get the best shots and are a must buy for anyone serious about photography.

I consider this to be my bible on what to see/visit/photograph and wish there were volumes on all 50 states.

Foreign Language Book Covers

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