Horwitz is an engaging writer and apparently an engaging guy as he banters and quizzes a range of people from the smugly secure to the desperately homeless ...Spying on the South was written before a change in the political weather last year, so it seems outdated. ... His blend of Olmstead’s 1854 views and his modern experiences produce a readable travelogue without a strong political bent.
A tour is only as good as its guide, and Horwitz is a seasoned one—inquisitive, open-minded, and opting for observation over judgment ...The book will appeal to fans of travelogue, Civil War–era history, and current events by way of Southern sensibilities.
...[an] expansive and generously conceived travelogue ... throughout, Horwitz brings humor, curiosity, and care to capturing the voices of the larger-than-life characters he encounters. A huge canvas of intricate details, this thoughtful and observant work delicately navigates the long shadow of America’s history.
Horwitz seldom reaches deep; his book is casually observed and travelogue-ish...more Paul Theroux than de Tocqueville ... Not as sprightly as some of the author’s past reports from the fringes but provocative and well worth reading.