A couple years ago, Rutgers historian David Greenberg noticed a defect endemic to books about social, political and economic problems: The last chapter always sucks, The Washington Post reports.

"Practically every example of that genre, no matter how shrewd or rich its survey of the question at hand, finishes with an obligatory prescription that is utopian, banal, unhelpful or out of tune with the rest of the book," Greenberg noted.

And it's not just books. I'll be the first to admit that the possible fixes with which I finished off my series on the alarming rise in college tuition were pretty vague...

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