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My Response to Nick Schulz... Good Short Book in Economics...
My book's gotten a lot of feedback recently:

1. Nicole Russell in the Washington Times:

This isn't your average parenting book spouting psychologist-laden babble about the inner workings of the human psyche, inherent selfishness and bearing children. Rather, Mr. Caplan, an economics professor at George Mason University, is a father of three, including twins, and he hopes to persuade interested parties that it's not only better to have children in the first place, but to have lots, or at least more than the number you originally were planning to have.

Mr. Caplan methodically and with a surprisingly cheerful, even humorous tone...
2. Nicole Russell again, in the Atlantic:
The secret joy of being a parent, Caplan argues, comes from understanding the limited liability of parenting. Studies have found that child-rearing is, if you can believe it, a little overrated. In surveys of twins raised together and apart, behavioral scientists consistently found that nature overpowered nurture in almost all categories, from character and intelligence to happiness and health. Once you accept that bad parenting won't always keep your kids from being great (and good parenting might not make a difference!), it's easier to relax and enjoy the state of being a parent.
3. Janice D'Arcy, the Washington Post's new parenting blogger:
Called the anti-Tiger mom by many in the press, his data-heavy argument is that nurture counts for very little in child-rearing. Our generation should relax our standards for ourselves and our children. Instead, kick back and enjoy parenting more and, this is the book-selling line: Have more children.
4. Nick Schulz interviews me for The American for Mother's Day.

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COMMENTS (6 to date)
Steve Sailer writes:

You should definitely try to do some joint promotion with Amy Chua by debating her. Maybe get Andrew Ferguson, who also has a parenting book out, to be your moderator. Go for "60 Minutes," "Oprah," and similar big time venues.

Leo writes:

Why no UK kindle version?

Garrett writes:

You are just basking in being called the "Anti-Tiger Mom," aren't you? =D

Ted Craig writes:

Having seen your latest interview on AEI and having read Amy Chua's book, I'm not sure you're as far apart as you believe. It makes for good marketing, but Lenore Skenazy even said she and Chua have more in common than they do differences. While you may disagree with Chua on the long-term benefits for her style, I think you'd both agree that about the limits of long-term harm. And she states in her book that genetics played a large role in how her kids behave.

Tom West writes:

Bryan, I imagine you know, but a reasonably sized, if shortish interview with you appeared in the Globe and Mail (Canada's newspaper of record) today. It didn't indicate it was a reprint.

Tom West writes:

I have to agree with Steve here. A debate between the two of you and Ms. Chua would have the potential to be very entertaining indeed.

If you really want to push your book, that would be the way to go.

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