Archive for August 29th, 2005

Freakonomics. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. 2005. ISBN
006073132x. Levitt is the “rogue’ economist and Dubner is the NY Times
writer. So its good science and very readable. After reading this you
will become (in their words) ” A little more sceptical of the
conventional wisdom; you may begin to look for hints that things are not
quite what they seem” If you appreciate the truth that can be found in
good science and numbers, this is quite the read. So why is corruption
in Sumo wrestling the same as cheating teachers in Chicago student
testing. And what is the greatest contributor to the decline in the US
crime rate? Nothing you would see in the “conventional wisdom” . Read
it and share it and like me wait for the next installment.

LuckyMan. Michael J Fox

Lucky Man. Michael J. Fox. 2002. ISBN 0786867627. This is a memoir and
a chronicle of how Michael dealt with Parkinson’s over 10 years. He
first hid the effects for eight of them and then it was just getting
too hard to carry on with his career without a lot of help. This is a
tear jerker and an uplifting book. He comes across as a genuinely nice
guy who has both feet on the ground. Very good travel or weekend book,
it will make you count your blessings and reflect on what some very hard
work is. It is also a good read.

Reg Nordman
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