You may not believe it, but Al Gore and I have a lot in common. We both don’t get the credit we deserve for the things we’ve invented. Not only did I think of a paint roller that disperses paint as you go (later I saw this in the As Seen on TV store) but I used to say ‘freakonomics’ all of the time with my brother Andrew. It was a kind of mild curse I suppose. Imagine my surprise when Steven Levitt came out with a book of the same title. Of course I had to read it. It is basically the hidden side of economics and makes for a very entertaining read. Did you ever wonder why if drug dealers are so rich they still live with their mothers? Does your socio-economic status influence the names you will give your children? And more importantly, can those names influence their socio-economic status? Are real estate agents giving us the shaft? These are all questions that are explored by the Harvard grad Levitt. Great stuff here. Billed as a dark look at the economy of life by a rogue economist, the book lives up to its premise. It deals with some difficult topics, and although it doesn’t propose to deal with ethics, it certainly raises ethical questions. The toughest being, do high abortion rates affect the crime rates? (If you consider abortion a crime, don’t even bother reading this chapter) A very entertaining and unique look at the economy. Highly recommended. Thanks for the book mom!