Levitt and Dubner really don’t like real estate agents. In their first book Freakonomics, they compared real estate agents to Atilla the Hun and his hoard of invading Mongolians. In this book he compares them to pimps working on the south side of Chicago. Wow. While amusing, it seems a little over the top (especially since I have a wife and daughter in the real estate business).
Over the top is a great way to describe the authors analysis of all things political, economic and social. For instance they as the question: “What’s more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk?” Or, “Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often when it is considered to be so ineffective?”
According to the jacket, Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else. It is a great read for someone that wants to think differently about the world outside of the one they know. Reading this type of book tends to help someone develop flexibility in thinking, whether you agree with their conclusions or not.