Life by Gregory Baer
The Odds: And How to Improve Them

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The lowdown on life's most intriguing possibilities, in the bestselling, brain-tickling tradition of the Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook series.

Most of us have wondered about the likelihood of striking it rich, being audited by the IRS, or living to be one hundred years old. But how many of us have actually sat down and calculated the chances that we could marry a millionaire? Or that the earth could be destroyed by an asteroid?

Now, with Gregory Baer's Life: The Odds, you can find out the answers to these questions and more in a fun, freewheeling, and compulsively readable way. Baer not only gives startling stats but also advice for nudging fate in your favor. Readers will discover the odds of:
* Bowling a perfect game
* Catching a ball at a Major League Baseball game
* Being canonized as a saint
* Picking a winning stock
* Surviving a train crash
* Getting away with murder (or getting convicted)
* Being well endowed (or poorly endowed)
* Reaching the summit of Mount Everest

A great book with a great hook, Life: The Odds is a sure bet to make you laugh-and to make you think.
 

About Gregory Baer

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Gregory Baer is the coauthor of The Great Mutual Fund Trap: An Investment Recovery Plan. He has served as assistant secretary of the treasury for Financial Institutions, and was formerly managing senior counsel at the Federal Reserve Board. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is now a partner in a Washington, D.C., law firm.
 
Published October 13, 2003 by Gotham. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Dutch 17th-century painting is about a world you can touch and smell and taste, a world of faces, salt dunes and cheeses.

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"Life on a Stick," which starts tonight on Fox, is a dippy comedy with no rhythm and no good jokes, but it's so servile and eager to please that you may be tricked - for an episode, at least - into giving it a chance.

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With 65 books to her credit, Baer knows how to spin a good tale, but her handling of Christian content will feel laid on with a trowel even to the most conservative readers (consider a comparison between a Christian putting on the armor of God and Whitney putting on her "armor" for a date: "The s...

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Baer knows and expertly uses statistics and probabilities: it is fascinating to learn, for example, that the chances of dying by being hit by an asteroid are three times greater than dying in a train crash or an earthquake and are 250 times greater than dying from a shark attack.

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Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts and The Berkshire Review, an International Journal for the Arts, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bosto...

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