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Gregg Easterbrook's "Tuesday Morning Quarterback" is "the best and most compelling football column anywhere" (Chuck Todd, MSNBC), "excellent" (Wired magazine), "a legend in the world of sports journalism" (Yale Daily News), "popular" (The New Yorker), "the thinking-person's John Madden" show more (Washingtonian magazine), "excellent" (The Christian Science Monitor), "influential" (The Guardian), "a must-read for American football fans" (Reuters), "always interesting" (Cincinnati Enquirer), "phenomenalfunny, articulate, insightful, and thorough" (University of Virginia Cavalier Daily), "prescient, thoughtful, engaging" (Spirit magazine), and "deserves a game ball" (The New York Times). show less

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The Best American Science Writing 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 115 copies


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USA (birth)
Buffalo, New York, USA
Places of residence
Maryland, USA
Colorado College
The Atlantic
The New Republic
Brookings Institution
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Short biography
Gregg Easterbrook is a senior editor of The New Republic, a contributing editor of The Atlantic Monthly, a visiting fellow in economics at the Brookings Institution, and a columnist for ESPN.com. He has been contributing editor at Newsweek and an editor of The Washington Monthly.   He lives in Maryland.   [adapted from The Progress Paradox (2003)]



This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe.

The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at heart should read or listen to this if only to have access to solid arguments for rebutting everybody who whines about how awful the world is. Easterbrook presents oodles of evidence that we, as a collective species, are in the best shape of our history, and there is obviously something to that view. And Easterbrook knows quite a bit about quite a bit. Large swatches of society are covered, from food to medicine to the military to even social media, and he speaks about all of these subjects knowledgeably, if a bit reductively.

Alas, he unbalances his arguments more than a bit, nearly all of which were already simplified, further weakening their case. An example is that he makes an extremely compelling (Milton Friedman-ian) claim for Basic Universal Income as a way to fix all manner of social justice ills, with fiscal benefits besides. However, to get there, he dismisses taxes on the rich as a remedy for income inequality on the basis of the relatively small distributive effect of income tax redistribution. What he does not mention are inheritance taxes, which are ground zero for any discussion of reduction of inequality. I use this as a for-instance only because it is one of the most obvious examples, even if it is also one of the most egregious.

All of this said, though, I strongly recommend it to anybody who is worried that the world is going or has gone to heck. If you've ever worried about a pandemic super-flu, or think global famine is right around the corner because of population, this will at least, likely, put those fears at rest. Which, peace of mind is worth a few hours of your life to read a book, right?
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danieljensen | 2 other reviews | Oct 14, 2022 |

The king of sprts. The king has no clothes! Every week during football season I look forward to reading Tuesday Morning Quarterback. I wonder about Gregg Easterbook. He loves football and makes his living from football....but has no qualms pointing out the ugly side of football. He has no problem telling everyone the king has no clothes.

Part of me loves football. Part of me also knows, especially after reading this book, there's an ugly cost and risk to the game. While trying not to think too much of how people make them, I also enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers. I also calculate that out of the thousands of hands I have shook someone didn't wash their hands ... Sometimes you just have to enjoy thing rather than try to make them perfect.

Football has a lot of shortcomings to perfection. I do like a lot of Greg's suggestions for improving college and profession football. We don't have to stop the parade of the naked king because it is fun. But hey, the key could at least acknowledge that he's naked.

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wellington299 | 2 other reviews | Feb 19, 2022 |
This is the 2nd book I have read by Easterbrook. "The Progress Paradox" dealt with a world of great progress that still resulted in unhappiness. This book sort of continues on the some story line. We are currently hearing nothing but how bad things are in the world. Easterbrook uses this book to lay out a strong argument that on so many levels the world has never been better. He talks about how on the economic level so much extreme poverty has been reduced, incomes and standards of living have improved. The quality of our air and water have never been better. Instead of worrying about people having enough to eat, we are now dealing with problems of obesity. He also mentions all the problems we face but does use history to show that we have always had problems but have overcome them. He does deal with how social media and its impact have created silos that allow people to stay with those that see the world as they do but also to castigate and demonize others. He does come of with reasonable solutions to our current problems. The negative reviews have been that he minimizes the negative things that have incurred in the 20th century(wars etc) but instead treats them as temporary setbacks that have been overcome. I strongly recommend this book. It is a good read and at 288 pages it is doable. I found it a good basis for tuning out the negative we hear and seeing the upward arc.… (more)
nivramkoorb | 2 other reviews | Jul 17, 2018 |
If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the book for you.

By the same token, if you are looking for unicorns and flying silver puppies, this realistic analysis will not satisfy you.

But Gregg Easterbrook’s rational optimism is hopeful without being pollyannish. It is a useful antidote to almost everything else you will read on the best seller list, on social media sites, and in the headlines that all scream declinism. And he is critical of all political parties and tribal slatnts

We do have work to do, crises to face, problems to solve, hard decisions to make, the temptations of autocratic hero leaders to avoid.

But as the author writes, “it's never too late to make a better world.”
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dasam | 2 other reviews | Jun 20, 2018 |

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