How to Be Kidnapped By a Gang, Part II

In Freakonomics, we wrote about how Sudhir Venkatesh, at the time a graduate student in sociology, stumbled across a crack gang who promptly held him hostage until they determined he wasn’t a cop or a rival gangster.

Well, if you like that kind of story then you’ll probably love a new book called The Birthday Party, a memoir by a former assistant U.S. Attorney of being kidnapped off the street by a Brooklyn gang. I haven’t read it yet, but if this review in today’s N.Y. Times is remotely representative, it sounds fantastic. Consider this sample:

A bond develops. “Yo, Stanley, you should join our gang,” Sen tells him. “You could recommend friends that we could kidnap.” After a moment’s reflection, Sen amends his suggestion “Naw, I mean you could recommend your enemies for us to kidnap.” Mr. Alpert decides a cryptic smile is the best response.


RandyfromCanada

How is Sudhir and what is he working on now ?

SBGamesCone

The chapter with Sudhir was by far my favorite story in the book. I'll definitely have to check this book out.

egretman

Yes, it was Freakonomic's hightlight. It made the book.

That and the sumo wrestlers.

smperk

Sudhair was the best part, definitely. This book seems right up my alley. Thanks S&S

ajinkya

do u have some kind of tie up or something with Nytimes? it's referenced so many times in so many posts..

RandyfromCanada

How is Sudhir and what is he working on now ?

SBGamesCone

The chapter with Sudhir was by far my favorite story in the book. I'll definitely have to check this book out.

egretman

Yes, it was Freakonomic's hightlight. It made the book.

That and the sumo wrestlers.

smperk

Sudhair was the best part, definitely. This book seems right up my alley. Thanks S&S

ajinkya

do u have some kind of tie up or something with Nytimes? it's referenced so many times in so many posts..