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My recently read non-fiction

Posted by phduffy on 2009-07-13 16:22:06
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Nudge - Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein
Thaler and Sunstein are economists, and this book is them arguing for something they call 'lebertarian paternalism'. Essentially they argue that while government shouldn't force its people to do anything, it should work to make sure that the 'best' choices are easily accessed. The example they give to explain it is of the cafeteria lunch line - we know that if you put the healthy food near the register, and the junk food a bit further away, people will eat healthier. They suggest that this, as opposed to banning junk food, is the best way to organize a cafeteria. They then apply this principle to health care, the environment, etc. I thought this was a good book with some good ideas.

The 33 Year Old ROokie - Chris Coste
Chris Coste is a catcher who made it to the bigs as a 33 year old rookie with Philadelphia. Solid, quick read/recounting of his lifestory, and also one I'd believe was not ghost-written. There's a lot of "but I knew deep down that if I kept working hard I'd make it" or "it was tough to deal with, and I had to wonder whether or not it was still worth it". I'd only read this if I were a big Phillies fan. It does point out that no matter how many advances are made in evaluating baseball performance, people still fall through the cracks. At 33, Coste could have been winding down a 10 year career, not making his debut.

Diamond The History of a Cold-Blooded Love Affair - Matthew Hart
Really enjoyable 'history' of the diamond, although it starts mostly in South Africa in the mid 1800s. Although it's not a company profile of DeBeers, he tracks the history of diamonds based on the history of DeBeers, with a brief flashback to India. Really interesting look at how no matter how clean you think your diamonds are, they could still be 'blood' diamonds and the rise of Norther diamonds. I'd recommend it.
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