Who Needs a Road? The story of the longest and last motor journey around the world

Harold Stephens & Albert Podell
Publication Date: 
March, 1999
List Price: 
487 pages with photographs

Who Needs a Road? is an incredible true story of two men who in the mid 1960's drove around the world in a Toyota Land Cruiser. A best seller at the time but long out of print, this rollicking adventure is now available for the first time in paperback. What is so remarkable, not that they droved over 42,000 miles and cross more than 30 countries and five continents, but that it was a motor trip that cannot be repeated in our modern day and age.


"Wild and Exciting ... Even the reading leaves you breathless"

--Publisher's Weekly

"In this age of jet travel and space exploration a trip around the world driving a Toyota Land Cruiser and camper across blazing deserts and through hostile countries, over nearly impassable roads, and in all kinds of weather, including monsoon rains and desert ghiblis, is quite an adventure! The authors covered 42,252 tortuous miles from New York City to France, south to Spain, across North Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, Panama, and finally back to New York to break all previous records for driving non-repetitive mileage. They were trapped in East Pakistan when war broke out ... felled by food poisoning, hepatitis, and other ailments ... ate spoiled camel meat, kangaroo steaks, and warm monkey brains ... mechanical troubles and political delays plagued them. Two facts stand out in their rollicking account of fun and frustrations: the large sections of bleak, wild, and uncivilized country are still very much with us in this 20th century, and the evidence of the universal intolerance of men who have been taught to hate and mistrust other men on the basis of race, religion, nationality, or politics. A fascinating book."

--Ruth G. Dorman, Library Journal