Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate: An Economist's Travelogue

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The road trip is a staple of modern American literature. But nowhere in American literature, until now, has an economist hit the road, observing and interpreting the extraordinary range and spectacle of U.S. life.

Disillusioned with academic life after thirty-two years teaching economics, Michael Yates took early retirement in 2001, with a pension account that had doubled during the dot.com frenzy of the late 1990s. He and his wife Karen have traveled around the country since ...

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Overview

The road trip is a staple of modern American literature. But nowhere in American literature, until now, has an economist hit the road, observing and interpreting the extraordinary range and spectacle of U.S. life.

Disillusioned with academic life after thirty-two years teaching economics, Michael Yates took early retirement in 2001, with a pension account that had doubled during the dot.com frenzy of the late 1990s. He and his wife Karen have traveled around the country since then, often spending months at a time on the road. Michael and Karen spent the summer of 2001 in Yellowstone National Park, where Michael worked as a hotel front-desk clerk. They moved to Manhattan for a year, where he worked for Monthly Review. From there they went to Portland, Oregon, to explore the Pacific Northwest. After five months of travel in Summer and Fall 2004, they settled in Miami Beach. Ahead of the 2005 hurricane season, they went back on the road, settling this time in Colorado.

Cheap Motels and a Hotplate is both an account of their adventures and a penetrating examination of work and inequality, race and class, alienation and environmental degradation in the small towns and big cities of the contemporary United States.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583671436
  • Publisher: Monthly Review Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael D. Yates is associate editor of Monthly Review. He was professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown for many years. He is the author of and Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global Economy and Why Unions Matter.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     9
Prologue     11
The Road Beckons     19
Yellowstone National Park     35
Manhattan     73
Portland and the Pacific Northwest     109
Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate I     143
Miami Beach     191
Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate II     225
Index     264
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