Monday, May 25, 2015

When to Rob a Bank by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

(hb; 2015: nonfiction)

From the inside flap:

"When Freakanomics was first published, the authors started a blog --and they've kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books. In When to Rob a Bank, they ask a host of typically off-center questions:

"Why don't flight attendants get tipped?

"If you were a terrorist, how would you attack?

"Why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?

"Over the past decade, Levitt and Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Many of them, they freely admit, were rubbish. But now they've gone through and picked the best of the best. You'll discover what people lie about, and why; the best way to cut down on gun deaths; why it might be time for a sex tax; and yes, when to rob a bank. (Short answer: never; the ROI is terrible.) You'll also learn about Levitt and Dubner's own quirks and passions, from gambling and golf to backgammon and the abolition of the penny."


If you are a fan of Levitt and Dubner's earlier books, chances are you'll enjoy Rob, which updates past stories they have written about, as well as the usual blend of humor, politics, sports and social elements, especially the sometimes-regrettable quirks of human nature.

This is a good read, worth checking out from the library.

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