Wasn’t sure what to make out of this book when I picked it up. I has been recommended to me by multiple friends, most commonly my friend Fred (better known right now as Sage) who is away hiking the Appalachian Trail. So, as I walked by it at the library I figured I’d go ahead and pick it up…might as well try it. Why was I leary? Well…for one it has the word “Economist” in the title…economy isn’t exactly my thing….but this book may change the way I think about economy. I was drawn in at the very beginning when, in the introduction, they start talking about what really lowered the crime rate in the 90s. Was it better gun control? More police? Turns out it was actually Roe vs. Wade…that’s right legalized aborition. Their reasoning goes that “unwanted” babies are more likely to become criminals, so if women are given the right to abort those children they’ll never growup to be criminals…kinda makes sense, huh?
I loved the unique, quirky views of this book and the fact that it gets you to see things in a way you’ve never thought of them before. The whole book was fantastic and the small interjections of personality from the authors were great and kept what could have become a very boring book into something fun and enjoyable…guess now I’ll going to have to read Superfreakonomics.