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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
United,
by Cory Booker (2016)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election
What Happened ,
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Hard Choices,
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
Becoming ,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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, [email protected], 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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