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Justin Tapp
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Small business consultant, online business and economics instructor, and EFL teacher in Turkey. Committed husband, loving father, trained economist, world traveler.
Small business consultant, online business and economics instructor, and EFL teacher in Turkey. Committed husband, loving father, trained economist, world traveler.

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That time I chatted with Greg Mankiw...
On Saturday, I attended the annual Economics Teaching Workshop hosted by the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business (alum, '02). The keynote was N. Gregory Mankiw . If you make a Venn diagram with a circle of of all economists and a circle of all...

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The World of Jesus by Dr. William H. Marty (Book Review #9 of 2017)
The World of Jesus: Making Sense of the People and Places of Jesus' Day This book is a good overview of the history of Israel from the Old Testament to the time of the first century AD told in very layman's terms, focusing on the "intertestamental period" a...

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Boomerang by Michael Lewis (Book Review #8 of 2017)
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis I finished Liars Poker (1989) and Boomerang (2011) consecutively; I'd read some of Lewis' other works years ago (The Big Short, Moneyball, The Blind Side) and some of his Vanity Fair articles that c...

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Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis (Book Review #7 of 2017)
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street I finished Liar's Poker (1989) and Boomerang (2011) consecutively; I'd read some of Lewis' other works years ago (The Big Short, Moneyball, The Blind Side) and several of his articles. It is interesti...

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Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath (Book Review #6 of 2017)
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die This book is one of the most-recommended business books and was a disappointment. It's three stars . They have sequels, I might get to them, but it's not high-priority. The book is basically a continuatio...

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The Affordable Care Act: Examining the Facts by Purva Rawal (Book Review #5 of 2017)
The Affordable Care Act: Examining the Facts (Contemporary Debates) So, given I work for a Medicaid managed care company (the best one, by the way), was really close to Medicaid budget and policy in an Expansion state under both a Democratic and Republican ...

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The Courage to Act by Ben S. Bernanke (Book Review #4 of 2017)
The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and its Aftermath 2017 has really sapped my heart for reading memoirs related to economics and politics because the discourse and attitude of the current Administration is so hostile toward PhD economists like Bernan...

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The Long Game by Mitch McConnell (Book Review #3 of 2017)
The end of 2016 and, frankly, the events following January 20th, 2017 have stolen my will to read and write.   The Long Game: A Memoir by Mitch McConnell This is, I believe, the 4th autobiography by a Senator that I have read (Clinton, Cruz, Paul, Rubio). I...

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Marks of the Messenger by J Mack Stiles (Book Review #2 of 2017)
Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living, and Speaking the Gospel I'd heard (via podcast) Stiles preach at churches in Kentucky and the Middle East before coming across this book at a local Goodwill. Like all of the 9Marks books, this is succinct and thought...

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Don't sign the petition. A letter to the editor of the Scott County News-Graphic
One of my 2017 resolutions was to write more letters, and I hope to publish some, along with their responses, here. The News-Graphic recently published a letter I wrote . Context: the local school board election in November was basically a referendum on bui...
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