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Presimetrics Review

Noted for the record: author Piaw Na reviews Mike Kimel‘s Presimetrics at Piaw’s Blog:

This is a great book to read if you’ve got a statistical bent and are willing to follow the data rather than your pre-conceived notions….Many people like to say that they’re data-driven, but most people actually have prejudices that lead them to believe what they believe, as opposed to actually looking into data and correlations. This book goes a long way towards providing those who want data the actual data with which to base their beliefs on….This is the kind of book that deserves to sell better than it does. Highly Recommended.

I left out all the good parts, so Go Read the Whole Thing.

Deficit: Why Should I Care?

by Mike Kimel

Hi folks! Long time readers probably know I’ve been haranguing on the deficit and the national debt for a long time. Last week I got an e-mail telling me about a new book called “Deficit: Why Should I Care?” by Marie Bussing-Burks. I had never heard of either the book or Ms. Bussing-Burks, but the topic was interesting. I was offered the opportunity to read a pdf version of the book. That isn’t unusual – such offers seem to arrive at Angry Bear’s doorstep on a regular basis.

What is unusual though, is that I’ve read through much of the book already, and unlike most books purportedly written about the topic, I can safely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more. It is factual, interesting, well written, very informative and seems to be a fairly unbiased treatment of the issue. That isn’t to say I agree with everything in the book, but I do think the book is very good. Dan has arranged with the publisher for 50% discounts to be made available to any Angry Bear readers who buy it between now and September 5.

FYI, I looked up Ms. Bussing-Burks and found she is an assistant professor at the University of Southern Indiana.

Full disclosure – I do not know anyone at the publisher nor Ms. Bussing-Burks. Furthermore, I did not receive nor will I receive anything for having written any of the above.

(Rdan here…go to apress, then click ‘your cart’, and on the e-book selction, add the coupon code DeficitABB in the appropriate box and follow the instructions for the discount)