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Government

Valuing Life: Humanizing the Regulatory State

By Cass R. Sunstein | Reviewed By Peter A. Ubel

A leading public intellectual, fresh from government service, explores the complexities of cost-benefit analysis.

 

Environment

Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change

By George Marshall | Reviewed By Andrew J. Hoffman

People tend to avoid reckoning with climate science—for reasons that have little to do with science.

 

Philanthropy

The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose

By Christian Smith & Hilary Davidson | Reviewed By Kieran Healy

Those who engage in altruistic behavior reap benefits that are significant and measurable, two sociologists argue.

 

Health

Think Big, Start Small, Move Fast: A Blueprint for Transformation from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

By Nicholas LaRusso, Barbara Spurrier, & Gianco Farrugia | Reviewed By Gabriella Rosen Kellerman

The Mayo Clinic achieves patient care improvements through innovation that is incremental rather than disruptive.

 
 
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