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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (2005)

Economist Steven Levitt’s fascinating book, Freakonomics, sets out to quantify and explain topics ranging from birth control to education, with a special emphasis on crime. The CD is read by co-author and journalist Stephen Dubner, and is exploding with so many interesting statistics that it will make your mouth water.

What makes this book special is Levitt’s unique way of taking a problem, standing it on its head, and arriving at the most unexpected conclusion. The CD goes quickly and leaves the listener wanting more. I highly recommend this title.

 

Hot, Flat and Crowded by Thomas Friedman

Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How it Can Renew America by Thomas Friedman (2008)
Thomas L. Friedman, winner of three Pulitzer prizes, has written another great book. Much like his last book, The World is Flat, this book looks at the big world picture and the changes and dynamics taking place. Using exhaustive research data, he paints his picture of a world where globalization, a growing population, and global warming are converging and bringing us to an alarming situation. His call is for the United States to lead the world in making far reaching changes to make our world sustainable and environmentally safe. If you enjoyed The World Is Flat, you'll find this book another winner from Friedman.

Visit the author's website, read a review at Salon.com, and listen to an interview at NPR.

Women and Money by Suze Orman

Women & Money by Suze Orman (2007)
Orman writes in a way that is simple and easy to follow. Get good advice on how to get your life in order and free yourself from financial burden. She mixes a lot of emotional feelings with money – a person out of debt is a happy person. Orman breaks down complicated ideas and provides easy steps you can follow.

She also makes me laugh, especially on her show. It’s pretty funny when people ask her if they should make a big purchase and she bluntly rejects that idea.

Visit the author's website and check out more from Orman on Oprah's website.