In 1932, a newly minted graduate of Harvard University and the University of Vienna, Robert Edison Fulton Jr., aged 23, blithely announced at a dinner party that he would soon be embarking on a round-the-world trip on a motorcycle. And just like that, he found himself riding a Douglas twin, donning a pith helmet for protection, and on his way from London to Tokyo. One Man Caravan is the charming narrative detailing his 18-month journey, peppered with harrowing moments—like being shot at by Pashtun tribesmen, and spending a night in a Turkish prison—with "By Jove!" the nearest thing to pass as an expletive. The book is a pleasure to read inasmuch as the man is remarkable for his fortitude and unflappable demeanor.