Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner was a book lent to me with the mysterious line, I think you’ll like it… Hmmm. Economics? Not really my best selling point. Visions of high school math class–the droning teachers and indecipherable equations–swam before my eyes every time I even looked at the cover. It sat on my night table for over a month before I cracked it open. But man, when I cracked it open, I couldn’t put it down!
Levitt is the main author of this book, and Dubner mostly helps him along the way. Together, they accomplish an almost impossible feat. They make reading about the economy interesting. Full of insightful social commentary and interesting experiments, Freakonomics really makes you consider how events (from everyday to historical) shape the world around us.
It poses titillating questions like:
- What do teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
- How is the KKK similar to real estate agents?
- Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?
- What was the event that caused 7 million American children to disappear overnight, yet never made the news?