Matthew Algeo

Website of the Award-Winning Author and Journalist


All This Marvelous Potential:
Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Tour of Appalachia

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Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip

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The President Is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survives a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman Who Dared Expose the Truth



When he's not gently stroking this weird hedgehog thing his six-year-old daughter insisted on buying at Pier 1, Matthew Algeo writes about interesting stuff. 

Or, as his mom liked to say, Matthew is an award-winning journalist and author. He has reported from four continents, and his stories have appeared on some of the most popular public radio programs in the United States.

He is the author of six books, including Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip, which was named one of the best books of 2009 by the Washington Post.


In addition to reporting and writing, Matthew has held jobs as a convenience store clerk, a gas station attendant, a Halloween costume salesman, and a proofreader. He also worked in a traveling circus (as a hot dog vendor; no acrobatics involved).

Matthew holds a degree in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. His wife, Allyson, is a United States Foreign Service officer. They currently live in Sarajevo with Zaya, purchaser of aforementioned hedgehog with her allowance.

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