What to read

I've just finished my latest update of my book reviews.  At the beginning of the year, I think I was close to a year behind on reviews, but now I'm pretty much caught up.  I'm definitely not going to let myself fall so far behind again.  I've already blogged about the most noteworthy book I've recently read, How to Read the Bible.  Therefore, I'll go ahead and make mention of two additional titles.  First, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely– terrific fun in the Freakonomics and Tipping Point tradition. 

Also, Overtreated by Shannon Brownlee which comprehensively shows how a central problem with American medicine is not too little treatment, but too much.  We are wasting a lot of resources on treatments with no evidence behind them.  If you are curious, but don't want to read the whole book, Brownlee has a nice article on the topic at Washington Monthly.

Happy reading.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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