Peter T. Leeson on His Book WTF?! An Economic Tour of the Weird

Bars or Circles: A Chart Choice Challenge Derived from Witchcraft Trials
[by Andy Cotgreave]

Germany was Once the Witch-Burning Capital of the World. Here's Why
[by Gwynn Guilford]

Witch Trials in the Context of the Reformation
[by Erasmus]
The Economist

Interview with the 1517 Fund: The Rational Irrationality of the Past
The Subversionist

How Medieval Churches Used Witch Hunts to Gain More Followers
[by Becky Little]
History Channel

Why Europe's Wars of Religions Put 40,000 'Witches' to a Terrible Death
[by Jamie Doward]
The Guardian

Economists Uncover Religious Competition as Driving Force of Witch Hunts
Royal Economic Society

Interview with Rosamaria Bitetti and Federico Morganti: When Rationality Explains Crazy and Illogical Behavior [in Italian]
Il Foglio

Mexico without Prosecutors [in Spanish]
[by Roberto Gil Zuarth]
El Financiero

Judicial Combat also Has an Economic Rationale [in French]
[by Aurélien Chartier]

Why Do People Act Like Weirdos? They Have Reason [in Czech]
[by Petr Houdek]

Great Books on Politics and Public Policy from 2017
[by Richard Morrison]
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Interview with Sebastian Stodolak [in Polish]
Dzennik Gazeta Prawna

Split the Baby. Drink the Poison. Carry the Hot Iron. Swear on the Bible

WTF?! Indeed
[by Steven Landsburg]
The Big Questions

Interview with Tom Woods: WTF?!
Tom Woods Show

Interview with Garrett Petersen: The Economics of the Weird
Economics Detective

When Government Fails, Superstition May Have the Answer

How Market Competition Created the Modern Witch

Interview with Hanne Tidnam: The Why Behind the Weird
a16z Podcast

The Political Economy of Witchcraft
The Economist

Book Trailer for WTF?!

Interview with Isaac Morehouse
Isaac Morehouse

Why "Trial by Ordeal" in the Middle Ages was Actually an Effective Test of Guilt

Interview with 14-Year-Old Economist-In-the-Making Joseph Gray
Ceteris Numquam Paribus

Take the "Mises-Was-Right Challenge"

Why Doesn't Trump Challenge Kim Jong Un to A Duel?
[by Jeffrey A. Tucker]

Why the Trial by Ordeal was Actually an Effective Test of Guilt

Who's Afraid of Friday the Thirteenth? Good Luck with That

When Societies Put Animals On Trial
[by Sonya Vatomsky]

A History of 'Trial by Ordeal'
[by Arallyn Primm]
Mental Floss

'Hot Iron' Trial by Ordeal: A 13th Century Lesson for Investors
[by Ian Kelly]
City A.M.

A Brief History of Trial by Combat
[by Alex Mayyasi]

Trial by Battle: Did it Really Ever Happen in History?
[by Hamza Rao]
Daily Pakistan

Apuntes sobre “Battle of the bastards”, un capítulo de #GameOfThrones
[by Ángel Alayón]

Solving the 'Longbow Puzzle': Why Did France and Scotland Keep their Inferior Crossbows?
[by Cory Doctorow]
Boing Boing

Peter Leeson on Witch Trials and Human Sacrifice
[by Anthony Gill]
Research on Religion Podcast

What Do King Solomon and David Lee Roth Have in Common?
[by Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt]
Freakonomics Radio

The Economics of Westeros: The Real-Life Advantages of Trial by Combat
[by Jordan Weissmann]

Game of Thrones and the Case for Trial by Combat
[by Lily Rothman]

Trial by Combat: It was Real and Spectacular
[by Elie Mystal]
Above the Law

How to Trick the Guilty and Gullible into Revealing Themselves
[by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner]
Wall Street Journal

Superstition and Self-Governance
Oxford University Press Blog

Why Wife-Selling was Advantageous for Wives
[by Ben Richmond]
Motherboard Magazine

Economics of Human Sacrifice
[by Timothy Taylor]
Conversable Economist

There's a Rational Explanation for Human Sacrifice
[by Ben Richmond]
Motherboard Magazine

When Rats Meet the Legal System
[by Martin Gardiner]
Improbable Research

Gypsy Law
The Browser

What Can We Learn from Human Sacrifice?
[by Eli Dourado]
The Umlaut

Why the Rich Immolate Themselves
[by Jeffrey Tucker]
Laissez Faire Today

Why Human Sacrifice is the Best M&A Defence
[by Giles Turner]
Financial News

Human Sacrifice, the Original Negative Interest Rate
[by Izabella Kaminska]
FT Alphaville

Human Sacrifice
The Browser

Witchcraft: It's Only Rational
[by Kurtis Lockhart]
The McGill Daily

God Damn: The Economics of Malediction
The Browser

Wifeselling: Is Selling Your Wife Slavery?
[by Tim Worstall]

Buy My Wife. Please!
Reason Magazine

Wife Sales: An Efficiency-Enhancing Institutional Response
[by Stephen Dubner]
Freakonomics blog

Superstition and Development
[by Peter Leeson]
NYU Development Research Institute Aid Watch blog

The Browser

The Economics of Gypsies
[by Steven Levitt]
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

Trial by Battle
The Browser

On the Cauldron System of Justice: Who Needs a Courtroom, Anyway?
[by Ashby Jones]
Wall Street Journal blog

Who Are You So Wise in the Ways of Science?
[by Eugene Volokh]
Volokh Conspiracy

Trial by Ordeal
[by Radley Balko]
Reason Magazine

In Defense of Trial by Ordeal
[by Joseph Bottum]
First Thoughts

Justice, Medieval Style
[by Peter Leeson]
The Boston Globe

The Purpose Driven Life
National Affairs

Freakonomics Meets Pirates of the Caribbean
[by Steven Levitt]
Freakonomics/New York Times blog

Trial by Ordeal
[by Steven Landsburg]
The Big Questions blog


"This book is what happens when a professor of economics and law with a love of the curious examines what looks like irrational behaviour....Excellent."
Fortean Times [full review]

“[B]rilliant logic….this book is downright fun…enjoyable as much for entertainment as enlightenment….You don't need to care one bit about economics or social theory to enjoy this book. Conversely, if you hate fun and frivolity and care only for social science, you'll find serious economic theory in WTF?! If you don't find the world more fascinating and enjoyable, and people more ingenious and clever, after reading WTF?!, something might be wrong with you!”
Isaac Morehouse

“Pete Leeson is not your everyday economist. And WTF is not an ordinary economics book….Many authors claim that their work could be enjoyably read by a non-academic, but unusually this book actually delivers on this promise….[The] explanation is imaginative, ingenious, and, once one thinks about it, quite plausible.”
Review of Austrian Economics [full review]

"A very effective book within the Beckerian tradition."
Marginal Revolution
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