Deep Thoughts From Your Uber Driver

Deep Thoughts From Your Uber Driver: Discussion, Dialogue, and Perspectives on Today’s Top IssuesTHE BOOK: Deep Thoughts From Your UBER Driver .


THE AUTHOR: Michael T. Braden

THE EDITOR: Chelsea Burk


SUMMARY: Come along for a ride with Uber driver extraordinaire, Michael T. Braden, as he takes you on an amazing journey! This unique book combines Michael’s incredible experiences as an Uber driver with his insightful views on today’s top issues. Covering topics such as immigration, education, artificial intelligence, social medial and civil discourse, Michael provides his unique perspective, along with potential ways we can move our increasingly complex society forward in a constructive way. Deep Thoughts From Your Uber Driver is a fascinating read that challenges the reader to think hard about many important issues. This book is not only thought provoking, but also a lot of fun, with easy to read, accessible prose. Make sure you stick around for the bonus chapter where you will find great recipes and the top ten most memorable Uber rides!

Image previewTHE BACK STORY: I suppose I always had an idea that I could write. But, I kept those beliefs pushed to the side for decades. Most anyone who knows me well enough could have expected me to write a book involving Restaurant Management, a Cookbook or a book extolling the virtues of Tequila and Margaritas. Then, when the Stay at Home orders were issued, everything just sort of “clicked” and fell into place.

My concept was to leverage the amazing people and stories I had as I was Side-Hustling for Uber as a driver. As I built up my Insurance Business. I mainly drove the early morning Airport Runs so I had more time to get to know my riders and found it to be a lot of fun.

But, I also knew that for some reason there was a void in what most people knew and understood about the world around us and even more regarding the social issues in America over the past few years. So, my concept became a mission to research, teach, educate and share what I knew, what I know and have learned over the years.

I wanted the book to make the reader think and look at many potentially volatile and divisive issues with a “fresh eyes” perspective.

My goal was to re-visit issues that received the attention of the News Media for a week or two but then faded out of consciousness as the next crisis or political story moved to the head of the line. I wanted my fellow neighbors and Americans to learn more about our current culture in the hopes of capturing their attention for a few hours and then hoping that some of them might feel empowered to share their knowledge and/or their time to make their communities stronger through their own actions.

I have read many books over the years, probably 50% Fiction, 30% Business and 20% Food and Beverage. And, one thing that stuck out was that if you picked up a book on

Turnips, chances are you were not going to be reading about Pumpkins, Broccoli or Pomegranates.

So, having one book that could be perhaps 10 Books in one was interesting, peculiar and nouveau. The concept made sense; however, I had not really seen it done before. I was fearless and undeterred because I knew this was the direction that was needed for my book. You can decide for yourself if it was bold or reckless.

WHY THIS TITLE: It fit the construction of the book. I used real life discussions from real rides with passengers as the lead in for each chapter of the book. And, because there is so much variety the sub-title was necessary to try and better educate the reader as to what they can expect inside the manuscript.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: It is a fun and deceptively captivating read. I find it more of an educational book and speaks to a diverse group of subject matter all rolled into one. It challenges the readers adeptness with regards to social issues facing America today. The information is condensed and presented in a positive manner. For some there may be motivation to become more involved in their local communities, for others it simply makes them more aware and more “woke” to a lot of what is going on around us. We are in a pivotal and unsettled place in time in America. This book is timely, non-biased, thought provoking with Suggestions and Final Thoughts at the end of each chapter.


“Michael definitely understands how to navigate and bring awareness to a myriad of challenges America and Americans are facing. I found the book entertaining and educational. The amount of time put into all of these topics should not go unnoticed to other readers. I really enjoyed the Solutions and Final Thoughts and the way each Chapter begins as related to conversations with his passengers is unique and relatable. Definitely a nicely packaged manuscript and I will look for more from this author as I enjoyed his writing style and prose.”

AUTHOR PROFILE: Michael is 58, he lives in Chandler, Arizona with his wife Tami. They moved to Arizona in 1986. Michael had a long and accomplished career in the Food and Beverage Industry and now owns his own Insurance Brokerage/Agency. More information is available on his webpage and you can easily find him on Facebook and LinkedIn as well.

AUTHOR COMMENTS: This is my first book. It will not be my last so the rest of mankind should be running for the hills after that declaration. This book is special because it is my first. To me it is a unique and interesting. I believe in my heart and soul that anyone and everyone can gain some perspective or at the very least improve their knowledge of current events, challenges of society and important issues Americans are facing daily.


LOCAL OUTLETS: and Amazon worldwide.

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: It is early on in the process so as of today it is only available on Amazon and it is part of the Amazon Select program.

PRICE: Kindle $8.99 Paperback $12.99


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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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