Freakonomics – at his best!!!

Steven Levitt, author of the acclaimed book Freakonomics (which incidentally has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for all of 104 weeks now!!!) has come up with this amazingly brilliant post on his blog in the New York times.

The post titled “If you were a terrorist, how would you attack?” talks about Levitt’s ideas on how terrorists would be better off launching smaller scale attacks at multiple places simultaneously rather than plan something big like flying passenger aircraft into tall buildings.

While educated readers and people familiar with Levitt and Freakonomics (who I assume would be the only ones hitting his blog) would find this idea intriguing, what I found funny was the number of comments that this post elicited (594 at last count, and most of them angry ones, as was expected).

Levitt has come up with this follow-up post in which he once again in his inimitable simple style of explaining things, clarifies his stand that he is not necessarily pro-terrorism, and goes on to elucidate the simplicity of his earlier post.

Read this if you are fan of Levitt, like I am, or in case you haven’t read Freakonomics, am quite sure you’ll run to the nearest bookstore after reading these two posts.



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