Peter H. Michael, MBA 71
Running on Empty has been awarded two national book prizes, one in current political and economic issues, the second in travel essays. In vivid descriptive style, Haas alumnus Peter Michael tells of his classic 12,000-mile road trip taking in the expansive variety of people and places of the United States. He set out not to fathom the country ‘in search of America’ as had Steinbeck, Kerouac and Least Heat-Moon but to listen and let America tell him whatever it might, and tell it did. Ranch hands, cave guides, linemen, nurses, executives, teachers, trailer park pensioners, a decathlete, couples with upside-down mortgages, the poorest county, the wealthiest county, whites, blacks, Indians, Hispanics and Asians all sing verses of the same song: widening economic disparity. Michael reports on Americans awakening to the income and wealth gaps which over the past generation have eroded the middle class and hit the poor hardest of all.