Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
Economics can be so much more than trying to understand the implications of statistical data that emits from Washington inner circles on a regular basis. Economics is really about developing a way of thinking. Levitt and Dubner help that process along with this most fascinating book.
They look at common issues, some large and some small, and often debunk what many think are obvious answers. Remember the old cliché, “There’s a simple answer for any complex question, and it’s usually all wrong!” Or how about that phrase we may have learned in Latin class, “Post hoc ergo propter hoc”, “After this, therefore on account of this”. Tain’t necessarily so! Levitt and Dubner do a great job cracking several of these notions apart.