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The Return of the Economic Naturalist is a disappointment,
This review is from: The Return of The Economic Naturalist: How Economics Helps Make Sense of Your World (Paperback)
I much enjoyed Robert H Frank's earlier book "The Economic Naturalist". Unfortunately this sequel fails to live up to expectations. It consists of a series of often very similar articles linked together with some recent commentary and explanation. The content is very repetitive and many of the examples and analogies are used in multiple articles. While this would not be such a problem if the articles were read over the long period of time during which they were originally written, once they are condensed into a single book the lack of variety becomes all too obvious.
Also, the book is very focussed on US domestic issues, which while no doubt relevant for US readers may well detract from the enjoyment of those from outside the US.
Overall, there is simply not enough variety and originality to sustain the 250 or so pages and one is left wondering whether re-printing a series of existing newspaper articles was not simply an easy way to produce a sequel.