Monday, July 31, 2006
Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner is a fairly controversial book because it successfully ties a drop in crime to the Roe v. Wade decision. The book also looks at a number of other interesting areas. One of which is it illustrates how gangs work similar to corporations. In fact, the gang members with the most dangerous jobs make very little money, but they do it in hopes of moving on up. Another chapter worth pointing out is how Freakonomics discounts the importance of parenting methods.
- It's original and controversial--it's one of the more entertaining reads out there
- Freakonomics is a fairly quick and easy read that isn't overly technical
- There's not much to speak of--unless you don't like their conclusions
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is a great read. It's quick enough that a library rental may suffice, but it may be handy to have so you can quickly reference their arguments.