Predictive analytics (PA) is a concept that’s both undeniably powerful and potentially creepy. This branch of computer science combines big data with statistics to foretell what you might buy, how you might vote or when you might die. Author and predictive analytics guru Eric Siegel is an unabashed cheerleader for his discipline, and he mostly brushes off the privacy concerns it raises. But that’s not to dismiss his study, which is engagingly written and elegantly translates dense materials and abstract concepts into easy-to-read prose. Siegel draws on a number of real-world examples from well-known companies, including Target, Hewlett-Packard and Chase Bank, and he describes his own experience as an expert consultant on predictive analytics. The result is an enlightening, plainly written guide. LetsRead recommends his PA overview to managers and investors seeking insight into a fast-growing corner of the tech economy.