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Earlier, I wrote about the many lists of top moments and events of the decade that just passed (2000-2009) and I joined in on the fun with my list of the top sporting moments of the decade.   Now, inspired by the theme of my blog, I’d like to do my last recap- my favorite books of the decade. These are the books I find myself most often bringing up in conversation and referencing to others and overall have had the most impact on my thinking.

As a reader of this blog may know, my interests center around these primary categories (in no particular order): Globalization, Sports, Thrillers, Technology, Business, fiction about India, non-fiction about India, and Pop Culture. The books I’ve read also fall into those categories and since it’s often difficult to compare such different genres, I’m going to list my favorite it in each category, along with close runner-ups.  Some of these books may have actually been published in the 1990’s, but I didn’t actually read them until the 2000’s. (more…)

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A few years ago, the book Freakonomics written by economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner came out.  I found that book to be ground-breaking and fascinating, a book in many ways that has inspired me to take my natural analytical inclination and apply it to a diverse set of topics and document it in this very blog (examples such as Internet Freedom by Country and Corruption Rankings, Steroids and Game Theory, and Will Facebook improve or worsen High School Reunions).   For me, Freakonomics helped ignite curiosity and evaluation of both every day and unusual, rare events.

Now four years later, Levitt and Dubner have released their follow up book—the aptly named SuperFreakonimcs.  I just completed reading the book.  Here’s my review of the book.

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