I thought this book was very interesting and well read. The authors know how to take on interesting everyday topics and change the way you look at them. I especially appreciated the positive view of the future. It seemed that the book showed through many examples of how we were able to find solutions to some of the complex problems in the past and even took on practical solutions to one of the biggest mounting problems of our day--Global Warming. Great read, I am sure you will get something out of it.
I was so excited to read this sequel that I didn't even wait for my monthly credit to accrue--I ponied up the extra money. But I was disappointed. The material covered in this volume is not nearly as compelling or interesting as in the first. The first book covered crack dealers, abortion, crime rates and other "juicy" topics in a way that left you saying "wow! I never thought of it that way!" This sequel is more like listening to your econ professor in school; it drones on in some places and I lost interest. Perhaps the novelty of the authors' unique approach has simply worn off on me, but I think diehard fans of the first book will feel let down. And I agree with one of the earlier reviews--the last chapter is particularly long and boring, despite the topic (global warning).
Great book, however it was not possible to move backwards or forwards by chapter. Therefore, everytime I lost my place (accidently bumped my listening device)I had to start over from the ver beginning. This got VERY old. In the future, I will only purchase books that are broken down as actual chapters for my device.
I loved Freakonomics but this was a disappointment. They are trying so hard to shock and be edgy that it gets in the way of the interesting insights that made the first book so delightful. This book still has flashes of those, but not nearly so frequently.
The book is very good, its starts up very good however the last chapter does not make sense and supports Al Gores mission.
See all the negative reviews on Amazon, they have said it all ...
Seems commercial[hookers] & "foxtvish".
Too bad, the first book was good.
I'm more critical than the average person. I understand that the critic has not produced any value. They are smarter than I am, they are making millions, I am not.
On to the book. This has more summaries of "economic" work performed by others and discussed by the authors than actual research performed by the authors. There is also a lot of American history told with a liberal slant. I love history, I do not like political perspective, liberal or conservative, attached to history. Give us facts and conclusions, not agendas.
Much less interesting than the first Freakonomics. This one doesn't have the depth, just some glib conclusions from data scooped up here and there. Example: how did the women's liberation movement strike a blow against education and student test scores? Answer: women gained more career choices so fewer of the brightest women now go into teaching, resulting in less able teachers and therefor poorer test scores. Come on. Why bring up important issues only to be silly & superficial about them?