As usual, the brilliant, fertile and and never-boring mind of David Friedman has produced a book which, although it analyzes all sorts of profound questions (and the academic pros will want a copy), is also a fun read for the intelligent layman or college freshman. The book is inviting, broken up into bite-size chunks with irresistible subtitles like "Why Not Hang Them All?" Written in a clear, no-nonsense style that cuts right to the chase every time, the book even has its own website that works with innovative little icons printed in the margins of the paper version. Although I haven't tried it yet, the idea is that if you want to access citations, law cases, and even entire webbed articles relating to the book, you go online to the website and click on the appropriate icon. Somebody should call this idea "webcite" (get it?). But maybe they already do. I wonder if this is the first book to try this. If so, and if the idea catches on, perhaps it would have collector value. One petty criticism: I wonder if Friedman fully appreciates the "get them off the streets" prevention (not just deterrence) value to us all (or nearly all) of locking up for a long time (not just suing) rage-prone rapists, alcoholic child molesters, and other inherently dangerous kooks. Also, I wonder how it might play out if evolutionary psycholgy, sociobiology, and other views which stress the innate or genetic aspects of individual personality and behavior were applied to this subject. Other sections include "Buying Babies," and "Of Burning Houses and Exploding Coke Bottles." The book offers answers to great questions, such as why we have two kinds of law (civil and criminal) and why private property works, and why it sometimes doesn't, and even offers a highly plausible theory that we owe civilization to the domestication of dogs. (Archaeologists take note!) Friedman's greatest strength however, is not that he demonstrates what to think, but how.