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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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Take the Risk
Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk,
by Ben Carson



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BOOK REVIEW by OnTheIssues.org:

This book is not about politics; Ben Carson, the Tea Party favorite, later wrote a political book, America the Beautiful, in 2012. This book is also not about medicine; Dr. Carson, the neurosurgeon, previously wrote Gifted Hands, in 1992. This book IS about Carson's method of risk analysis, and how to apply it to both politics and medicine, as well as several other fields.

Carson calls his method of risk analysis "Best/Worst Analysis." The "B/WA formula" (pp. 104-5) analyzes four questions:

  • What is the BEST thing that can happen if I DO this?
  • What is the WORST thing that can happen if I DO this?
  • What is the BEST thing that can happen if I DON'T do it?
  • What is the WORST thing that can happen if I DON'T do it?
Carson applies that formula to everything from his personal health (pp. 164-72); to interpersonal relationships (pp. 178-81); to parenting (p. 192). Of course Carson also heavily applies the B/WA formula to his medical decision-making (p. 104ff) and to politics (p. 229ff), which comprise most of the excerpts detailed below.

Carson finds the opportunity to describe numerous aspects of his religious beliefs as well as his risk analysis beliefs. He includes a long section (pp. 122-8) discussing evolution vs. creationism (he is anti-Darwin); and cites numerous Bible verses (focusing on Proverbs, p. 80, 86, 133, but also Psalms, p. 135, and numerous less-specific references). The book is primarily biographical, so Carson fans should appreciate all of the anecdotes. And non-Carson fans might appreciate the analytical techniques.

-- Jesse Gordon, jesse@OnTheIssues.org, August 2013
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Health Care
    Suffered research cancer injection and prostate cancer.
Principles & Values
    B/WA: Best/Worst Analysis for risk assessment.


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Learning to Identify, Choose, and Live with Acceptable Risk,
by Ben Carson.

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