John Lesage was born in Corvallis, Oregon, USA, and has lived in Seattle and Tokyo. His work life has varied from cabbie to landscaper, and from university instructor to technical editor. He has traveled two dozen countries on four continents. For A Country without Memory, he draws insight from extensive reading into history, listing almost 50 books in the Bibliography.
This work interweaves historical essays into a personal narrative of the American road. The author drove from Seattle to the East Coast, seeking out places related to the history of racial relations. In the spirit of Howard Zinn, this work will satisfy those exasperated with common portrayals of history.