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Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate: An Economist's Travelogue
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Mike's travelogue is enjoyable, although his writing degrades into stream-of-consciousness from time to time, and he includes more personal details than most travelogues.
This is really an opinionated liberal economist's travel diary. I enjoyed it very much, and I recommend it.
I am not saying there's anything wrong with the left-wing point of view, just that the author's opinions are definitely skewed. That's not to say that Mr. Yates doesn't have some very valid points. His description of the summer he and his wife spent working for Xanterra in Yellowstone National Park is quite the eye opener. It's enough to make a would-be tourist balk at the idea of putting any money into that profit-obsessed company's pocket. The working and living conditions of the company employees are pathetic to say the least. No benefits, lousy food, cramped quarters, long hours, indifferent managers and a stressful environment would dissuade all but the desperate from working for Xanterra at any of their national park locations. The author's Yellowstone experience is perhaps the most interesting and useful of the entire story.
Unfortunately, the rest of the book is not particularly enlightening. We are treated to a back-and-forth tale of the couple's stints in various parts of the country after his retirement from a college teaching position. New York City, Portland and Miami are highlighted and some of this is worthy of note. One wonders, however, how Mr. Yates didn't see some of the hassles in advance. Is it a surprise, for example, that rents in Manhattan are outrageous and what you get for your money is contemptible?Read more ›
Yates incisive American travelogue is a panoramic, coast to coast exploration of the scarred beauty and turbulent history of our once great nation. It's a searing economic expose of the relentless commercial onslaught of the last forty years on our people, our land and our democracy, resulting in a growing class inequality unprecedented in American history. If Michael Moore was a travel writer, this is the book he would have written. -- Ron O'Brien, Contributer, Free San Francisco: The Ultimate Free Fun Guide to the Bay Area
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It was well written and provided a much guarded prospective of life as a Xanterra employee. Xanterra is a non-governmental agency who has contracts to operate all the hotels and... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by charles mcmanaway
The author writes about working at the Monthly Review as among other things an editor, either doing the usual shaping up of submissions or even making something unreadable into a... Read morePublished on July 10, 2012 by M. J. Allen
Budget travel memoirs are on the rise. A recent example is, Cheap Hotels and a Hot Plate. This book recounts author and economist Michael D. Read morePublished on May 10, 2012 by Brian Ward
I had to read this book for class and it was a complete waste of time. I don't understand why this guy is driving around the U.S. Read morePublished on May 18, 2008 by Leroy Landry
This book focuses on specific areas of the country, giving personal views of the beauty or ugliness of each place and of how income and lifestyle affect them. Read morePublished on October 7, 2007 by P. Eftink
We traveled right along with the author - hot plate in tow! (No kidding - we brought our own food on our most recent vacation, ate and felt better and actually LOST weight without... Read morePublished on June 7, 2007 by Nancie N. Svensen