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Aug. 13, 2010

At A Glance

Ruan biography is now available in paperback from the UI Press

"In for the Long Haul: The Life of John Ruan," by William B. Friedricks, is now available in paperback from the Bur Oak Books series of the University of Iowa Press.

Driven by grit and determination during the Depression, John Ruan parlayed a one-truck Des Moines business into Ruan Transportation Management Systems, one of the nation’s leading trucking, leasing and logistics companies.

The trucking business made Ruan one of the wealthiest and most influential people in Iowa and was the foundation for his vast fortune, which included interests in insurance, banking, financial services, international trade and real estate, and he became a leader in the Des Moines renaissance.

Based on extensive interviews with Ruan, family members, business associates, friends and colleagues as well as privately held papers and archives, "In for the Long Haul" presents a detailed portrait of this important Iowa figure.

The book is available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:


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