So I just finished Freakonomics. I wasn't horribly impressed. The first 3 chapters were quite entertaining and interesting, but I had to force myself to read the last 2, as I found them insanely boring (about nature vs nurture, and baby names effecting peoples lives). Both chapters I think should have been condensed to one, though I wouldn't have complained if they were just left out. One thing that surprised me in Freakonomics is they refer in one chapter a lot to Sudhir Venkatesh's work following the Black Kings gang of Chicago. My beef though is the facts they give are slightly different than what is written in Gangleader for a Day (Sudhir Venkatesh's book on the subject, written 2 years later), which was the book I happened to read before Freakonomics (by complete accident). For example, they say JT, the gang leader, was sent to prison at the end, but in GLFAD, he leaves the gang after it breaks up and opens a barbershop, which failed, but all the same, he never ended up going back to prison. It also states T-Bone (in Freakonomics his name is "Booty") was killed by the gang shortly after giving over financial documents of the gangs activity to Sudhir. In GLFAD, he was sent to prison, where he did eventually get murdered, but that was a couple of years later. Also the gang name in Freakonomics was "Black Kings Disciples" or something, which in GLFAD was a defunct gang from the 60s. The Black Kings was the gang JT was the leader of. I will say I read Superfreakonomics a couple of weeks ago (yeah, I read the second book first), and I found it to be much, much better written, and far more pleasurable to read. The authors don't stay on any subject too long, while still getting their point across well. Plus the topics are just better. Now I'm on to Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. You should join the 50 Book Challenge bro. Picked up The Politician by Andrew Young...The people involved are something else I tell you what. Going to finish it tonight.