Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner is a book thatГўв‚¬в„ўs been around for a while, but I figure if IГўв‚¬в„ўve just gotten around to reading it there are plenty of others who havenГўв‚¬в„ўt read it either. I had heard the buzz about this book, but hadnГўв‚¬в„ўt really paid much attention to it until one of my fellow PTA uber-moms told me that the book says that being on the PTA is the most significant thing you can do to assure academic success for your children. Well, that got my attention.
It turned out that her interpretation was a little bit self-serving, but it got me to read the book, and it is a great book, so I forgive her. If you havenГўв‚¬в„ўt read Freakonomics I highly recommend you pick it up.
You could say Freakonomics is either a book that takes a unique look at the world through the eyes of an economist, or is a unique take on economics by using it to look at the world - depending on whether you are an economist or a civilian. If you are a parent, especially an obsessive, urban parent, you will be quite anxious to read the chapter entitled, "What Makes a Perfect Parent?"