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Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe

By Greg Ip
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Foolproof: Why Safety Can Be Dangerous and How Danger Makes Us Safe by Greg Ip

Why do one third of Americans fear flying? After all, statistics show that you’re 1,330 times more likely to die in a car accident than a plane crash. Are we taking the wrong measures to truly stay safe? Foolproof (2015) explains why taking excessive precautions against danger can have terrible consequences, and why sometimes when we feel most in danger, we are actually quite safe.

  • Students of risk management
  • Anyone interested in what caused the 2007–2008 financial crisis
  • People who are sick of that so-called “health and safety culture”

Greg Ip is an award-winning reporter and chief economics commentator for the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Little Book of Economics.

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