Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

“If Indiana Jones were an economist, he’d be Steven Levitt ” – The Wall Street Journal

At almost exactly 200 pages and with chapter titles like  “How is the Klu Klux Klan like a Group of Real-Estate Agents” and “Why Do Drug Dealers Still Live With Their Moms?” this wildly interesting quick read is basically inexcusable not to read. By combining elements of sociology with cultural trends and the “hidden side” of the economy, Levitt and Dubner expose the underbelly of America’s modern infrastructure. Even though some of the subjects might be unsettling, like the effect of legalized abortion on future crime rates, Dubner’s casual and humorous writing style is reminiscent of one of your remarkably intelligent friends eagerly spilling his ideas over a few beers.

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