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During the tedium of the Coronavirus-19 pandemic is a terrible time to publish a book on suicides, drug overdoses, and alcohol abuse among middle-aged white Americans.  It may or may not be a great time to read one. See Atul Gawande’s superb review of Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism, by Anne Case and Angus Deaton (Princeton, 2020) in The New Yorker, and decide what you think. Both authors are Princeton University professors.  Deaton was recognized in 2015 with a Nobel Prize in economic sciences, for contributions to measurement economics. Or watch the married couple’s Tanner Lectures on