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February 22, 2010

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Sounds like an interesting read. Sudhir Venkatesh's Off the Books is the best ground-level account I've encountered of day-to-day life among the urban poor [Chicago].

http://www.amazon.com/Off-Books-Underground-Economy-Urban/dp/0674030710/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1266970471&sr=8-2-spell

Thanks for the recommendation, Dylan!

Oh...heh...Sudhir Venkatesh...the 10,000 foot view of his experience is actually covered in Freakonomics (which I read...which was far more spectacular than Outliers).

As for Philly...

Mmmm...it's certainly no New York, that's for sure. And it smells.

But it's close by. And it's been the metro hub for me for...well...all my life in America so far. So I'm a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan. And heck, they train at Lehigh!

Hi, Ilya! Thanks for posting! I realized after reading your comment about "Freakonomics" that Venkatesh is the person who wrote "Gang leader for a Day" - I've seen the book in stores. I haven't read it but I think it was a best-seller for a while and received excellent reviews. I didn't know about "Off the Books". That should make for interesting reading.

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