Mark’s #39 – When to Rob a Bank: …And 131 More Warped Suggestions by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

If you’re a fan of the Freakonomics books and podcast, you’ll like, though probably not love this book.  This is a collection of many years of Freakonomics blog posts collated to produce the latest book by economist Steven Levitt and author Stephen Dubner.

The book is divided into categories such as gambling, sex, crime, environmentalism, misplaced fears, competition, and some other more eclectic genres.

My family and I often enjoy the Freakonomics podcasts while on road trips.  I have been a fan of each of their books.  I’ve always enjoyed their insights and thoughts, as they examine the empirical evidence to make their sometimes wild and unpopular claims. Unlike their other books, which have developed themes and good research, these often short blog posts on a very wide range of topics gave the book a schizophrenic feel.

Read this book only after you’ve read the author’s previous books.

When to Rob a Bank: …And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants

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