Charles Wheelan - 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said

05/16/2012 6:00 pm
05/16/2012 7:00 pm

This collection of refreshingly honest advice and observations is the antidote to those cotton-candy platitudes that are all too familiar to anyone who 's ever worn a mortarboard. Armed with a PhD in public policy, many years of experience in social science research, and perhaps most important good-natured humor, Wheelan offers up 10 head-turning aphorisms on happiness and success that anyone staring down the barrel of graduation needs to hear but probably hasn't heard yet. Celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner adds a touch of whimsy with his irreverent illustrations sprinkled throughout.


Charles Wheelan is a senior lecturer in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. He has served as the Midwest correspondent for The Economist, an economics and finance correspondent for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and most recently as director of policy and communications for Chicago Metropolis 2020. In 2002, Wheelan wrote Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, which, according to the W.W. Norton catalog, "makes up for all of those Econ 101 lectures you slept through (or avoided) in college, demystifying key concepts, laying bare the truths behind the numbers, and answering those questions you have always been too embarrassed to ask."

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ISBN-13: 9780393074314
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 5/2012

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