Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

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5 - Excellent Review

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This is an amazing conglomerate of pieces of seemingly disparate factual trivia, all woven into themes of economy of human and earth use. This book is not about the financial recession or economy as we usually think of it. The authors write with lay-people's language and humor. Just reading the Table of Contents should catch your interest. Some of the topics include: **The role of women in society, both historically and now. **What's in a last name or a birthdate? **The ironic pitfalls of carseats for children and how they could be more easily and inexpensively replaced. **Some larger schemes that backfired, and why: The Endangered Species Act, Title IX for women's sports, even the ADA. **How and why the "dumbing down" of America's teachers occurred. **The problems of infections spreading in hospitals, and how the rates of getting doctors to wash their hands was increased. **Nathan Myhrvold (ex-Microsoft) and his company Intellectual Ventures, a patent-creating think tank, and some of their ideas for dealing with global warming and other world problems. The Epilogue, "Monkeys are People, Too" is hilarious. While the book is not footnoted, at the end there are notes for every few pages per chapter. These are not only sources but added comments and resources. They were not formatted as traditional footnotes. I suggest you read these (after the main book is done is fine) for the added information.