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Freakonomics

In Freakonomics, the authors explore a number of simple but usually unasked issues with their exceptional clinical minds and unfetterd curiosity. Steven D. Levitt is no typical economist and has a habit of examining the hidden side of daily ordinary things. Unconventional and freakish, this little book adopts a more layman tone to express the economics working behind various bodies ranging from corporate-style drug dealers to cheating teachers. If you are not sensitive to numbers, don’t worry. This book unfolds the mysterious matrix in a manner that guarantees easy understanding with the aid of amiable storytelling and detailed background information.

Freakonomics
by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Penguin Books
Paperback
Condition: Good
Flow Price: HK$ 39

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Greenback: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America

“Paper money cost nothing to produce; it was just a promise, like America.” declares Jason Goodwin, author of this chronicle about the dollar. Maybe that’s why Americans spend extravagantly and save not a single buck. Goodwin shows the qualities of a storyteller while guiding the reader through the history of America. In an era where electronic money gains ground increasingly, the greenback is not only a theoretical currency that borrows no support from valuable metals but also the potent symbol of ecomonic power and unique blueprint of the U.S. modern evolution.

The Business Week interview with Goodwin on the book.

Greenback: The Almighty Dollar and the Invention of America
by Jason Goodwin
Penguin Books
Paperback
Condition: Good
Flow Price: HK$59

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