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"This book has a surprise—not to mention a puckish joke—on every page. It's strange, it's fascinating, and it's one of the most original books I've ever read."
Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist

​"The most interesting book I have read in years! Peter Leeson displays his unique talent: unearthing mankind's seemingly craziest behaviors, and then showing that these behaviors, against all odds, ultimately make perfect sense. WTF?! is like Freakonomics on steroids."
Steven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics

"A fascinating tour of the world's strangest customs and behaviors, led by a brilliant, funny, and eccentric tour guide. It's okay to gawk, he says, but it's even better to empathize and, armed with Leeson's insights, there's no reason why we can't do both."
Steven E. Landsburg, author of The Armchair Economist

"Your initial reaction might be 'WTF!?' How can medieval trials by ordeal, wife sales, and divine curses all boil down to rational economic behavior? But Leeson will lead you deftly through the logic and history behind these seemingly senseless rituals. Keep an open mind and this book will surprise, teach, and entertain!"
Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University