Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
This is probably the most hyped and most superficial and dumb book I have read in recent times. How does it qualifies to be an economics stuff, is beyond my understanding. It is like you give two different sets of statistical data to a kid and then ask him to relate them by any damn logic. All the chapters in the book are totally unrelated, as if it is not a book but a collection of randomly written articles. Half the book is filled with vague lists like lists for black names and lists for white names and it appears that author or the publisher are just trying to add some more pages to the book. The best part of the book are the titles that he has chosen for his chapters, they almost make you feel as if you are going to learn the greatest mystery of economics.
Author’s bias for Blacks comes out very prominently in the book. I think if you are not biased you do not think on the basis of differences between the two options always. People who always think in terms of two options, whatever it may be, have a deep bias embedded within their systems, which may be unconscious most of the times. Author is talking about Blacks throughout the book, right from them being drug dealers and how they name their kids; to me this is displaying his bias.
All the book is about Steven Levitt, wonder what was Stephen Dubner doing, or it was a part of their contract that all the publicity will be in the name of Levitt. The only interesting thing is the profile of the author, which you seriously doubt after reading the book. A perfectly avoidable book…wonder how the bestseller list funda works…