Chapter Excerpts

An Explanatory Note
In which we admit to lying in our previous book.

Introduction: Putting the Freak in Economics
In which the global financial meltdown is entirely ignored in favor of more engaging topics.

Chapter 1: How Is a Street Prostitute Like a Department-Store Santa?
In which we explore the various costs of being a woman

Chapter 2: Why Should Suicide Bombers Buy Life Insurance?
In which we discuss compelling aspects of birth and death, though primarily death.

Chapter 3: Unbelievable Stories About Apathy and Altruism
In which people are revealed to be less good than previously thought, but also less bad.

Chapter 4: The Fix is In—And It’s Cheap and Simple
In which big, seemingly intractable problems are solved in surprising ways.

Chapter 5: What Do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo Have in Common?
In which we take a cool, hard look at global warming

Epilogue: Monkeys Are People Too
In which it is revealed that—aw, hell, you have to read it to believe it.