Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous And How Danger Makes Us Safe

Hardcover | October 13, 2015

byGreg Ip

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How the very things we create to protect ourselves, like money market funds or anti-lock brakes, end up being the biggest threats to our safety and wellbeing.

We have learned a staggering amount about human nature and disaster -- yet we keep having car crashes, floods, and financial crises. Partly this is because the success we have at making life safer enables us to take bigger risks. As our cities, transport systems, and financial markets become more interconnected and complex, so does the potential for catastrophe.

How do we stay safe? Should we? What if our attempts are exposing us even more to the very risks we are avoiding? Would acceptance of danger make us more secure? Is there such a thing as foolproof?

In FOOLPROOF, Greg Ip presents a macro theory of human nature and disaster that explains how we can keep ourselves safe in our increasingly dangerous world.

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How the very things we create to protect ourselves, like money market funds or anti-lock brakes, end up being the biggest threats to our safety and wellbeing.We have learned a staggering amount about human nature and disaster -- yet we keep having car crashes, floods, and financial crises. Partly this is because the success we have at ...

Greg Ip is an award-winning journalist and theWall Street Journal'sChief Economics Commentator. He's spent two decades in financial and economic journalism, including eleven years at theWall Street Journaland six years atThe Economist. He appears frequently on television and radio, including National Public Radio, PBS, MSNBC, and CNBC....

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.75 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:October 13, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316286044

ISBN - 13:9780316286046

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"Not just one of the more informative books on the financial crisis, but one of the more entertaining and readable ones."-Jared Bernstein, On the Economy