Isn’t misfit another word for entrepreneur?” ask Clay and Phillips in this tome. With the global black market estimated to be worth $10trn (£6.3trn), employing some 1.8 billion people, they have a point
Somali pirates, Latino gang members, French computer hackers – all can teach us a thing or two, the authors claim.
Speaking to some of these rogue traders (and a few law-abiding ones), the duo devise a guide to unleashing your inner misfit, based around key renegade principles such as hustling, copying (counterfeit goods make up 10 per cent of world trade) and hacking.
Legally dubious, sure, but The Misfit Economy offers respite from yet another business book on Steve Jobs or Google’s canteen policy.