April 13, 2005
News & Opinion: A Little Late to the Party on Freakonomics
I feel like we are a little late to the party on telling you about Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden State of Everything by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. I know we still may be the first place that you heard about it, but we still like to be in front on these sorts of things.
This is another one of those books Jack was talking about in the Financial Times. It give you another view of the world. It is written in a series of vignettes. Here are the titles:
- What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have In Common?
- How is the Ku Klux Klan Like A Group of Real Estate Agents?
- Why Do Drug Dealers Still Live With Their Moms?
- Where Have All The Criminals Gone?
- What Makes a Perfect Parent?
- Perfect Parenting Pt. II; or Would a Roshanda by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
Jack and I both liked the book. It is one of those books that makes you think differently. My wife and I went back and forth about the Perfect Parent chapter. With this type of book, it is about the discussion created, not the conclusions given.
Here is a list of the people who got to the book first:
- Craig Newmark reviewed it a couple of weeks ago.
- Jason Kottke has a great Q&A with Levitt
- Jason also references an excerpt at Slate
- Steven Landsburg gushes about the book for the WSJ today
Like all good authors, Steven and Stephen have a blog (with RSS feed).