Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Freakonomics guys: best books

Journalist Stephen J. Dubner and economist Steven D. Levitt are the co-authors of Superfreakonomics, the follow-up to their best-selling Freakonomics, which will be published this month.

They named their six best books for The Week magazine. One title on their list:
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (Free Press, $14).

Yes, it’s a novel, the only one on our list, but anyone looking for a good snapshot of ­modern India would do well to read this ­rambunctious, tragicomic story of a young striver whose ambitions lead him off the rails. It’s all of India writ small: the corruption, the tradition, the hope, the commerce, the sex—and, alas, always another layer of corruption.
The Page 69 Test: The White Tiger.

Read about all six books on the Freakonomics guys' list.

--Marshal Zeringue