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Freakonomics

The fam­i­lies of U.S. troops killed and wound­ed in Afghanistan are suing sev­er­al com­pa­nies that did recon­struc­tion there. Why? These com­pa­nies, they say, paid the Tal­iban pro­tec­tion mon­ey, which gave them the fund­ing — and oppor­tu­ni­ty — to attack U.S. sol­diers instead. A look at the messy, com­pli­cat­ed, and heart-break­ing trade­offs of con­flict-zone economies.