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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
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Aug 06, 2008

really liked it
Read in August, 2008

I hesitate to say things like "Everybody should read this book," but I'm close on this one.

It's not a difficult read. It's not moving or earth-shattering. It doesn't make you cry. Sometimes it makes you laugh, but that's beside the point. Sometimes it even tells you things you already know. Just ask any teacher if kids named Cody, Desiree, and Angel are a pleasure to have in class.

It's great, however, to read a book that tries to apply an economic, statistics-based interpretive framework to areas where a lot of namby-pambyism prevails: education, sumo wrestling, drug dealing, crime, baby names, etc. Reading this book, you get the idea that the world might make a lot more sense if we could all establish the proper detachment from things like emotion and politics.

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