Such a brilliant book about long haul movers--yep, you read that correctly. Finn Murphy has moved his customers from one place to another for over 20 years. He is in charge and responsible for the packing, stacking, driving, and unpacking at each move he does. Long haul movers know a lot about their customers’ private lives from the clues they leave around to be packed up. It is wise to be nice to them! Along the way, Finn makes some very astute observations about America's heartland and the evolving workforce of today. Completely engrossing and worth the read, even if you don't plan to use movers.— Jason Kennedy
While most folks think moving furniture requires brawn only, a great mover has to use the skills of negotiation (I can’t get from here to there in that amount of time), spatial memory (I don’t have space for all this stuff in my truck), social skills (Why are you moving this crap anyway?) and problem solving (There’s no way I can get my truck up that unpaved hill to your house.) Why are long-haul movers shunned by other truckers? What about the job has changed the makeup of the labor force? And why one bad move can impact the reputation of all movers, unlike, say, the impact of one botched operation on doctors? Murphy, an independent contractor who specializes in high-end locations, is a great storyteller offers shocking, amusing, and sometimes sad tales of moves blended with free-ranging observations of contemporary America. And yes, all questions raised in this recommendation are suitably answered, except that thing about doctors.
— Daniel Goldin