I loved loved loved this book. Packed with information, knowledge, observations that tie together to make a very interesting picture of the world around us. I learned a lot from this book. I wish I had to read things like this in high school and college. I wouldn't have spent so many years breaking my head, trying to figure out how this world works REALLY, (not how we wish it did.) I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand incentive/ human motivation better, how to take advantage of opportunities, and also simply anyone who is interested to know how this world operates.
The books is good but the writer is very confused about the ultimate patent troll company who kills innovation. I am talking about Intelectual Ventures and all the hundreds of shadows corporations they registered to sue people like lodsys and oasis.
This American Life did an excellent job on a story ("Patent Wars") to expose Intelectual Ventures and their hoard of lawyers.
They don't innovate they kill innovation.
Great book. As good as the first, with the exception of, knowing what to expect. Very thought provoking. Who new micro economics could be so interesting!
I liked both books in series, made you think about things in a new light. I think it was worth a credit. Overall about a high 3 or very low 4
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The interactions between TV and cultural change that meant better lives for women in India was the part that struck me the most intensely. I enjoy the Freakonomics podcasts and always want to know what Steven and Stephen have to say. I don't know that we should rely on changing the earth to suit our carbon habit but it's interesting to know that some people are discussing this. Economics is in every object and interaction in modern life so this is a good book to expose non-economists too. Should likely send it to my congress person....
Full of interesting tidbits, this might make you look at many things in the world in a new light. I agree with other reviewers that some of the research is questionable, but I think that's part of the authors' point: data can be interpreted differently by different people. Looking at the data behind commonly used statistics can often reveal a different side to the story. As a bonus, it's also quite entertaining.
I enjoyed Levitt & Dubner's first book ("Freakanomics"), but this book is even better. If you read only one of the two, make it this one. Oftentimes, my attention wanders when I listen to audio books, but not for this book. I really enjoyed (and paid attention to) every minute of this book.
This is as entertaining and thought provoking as Freakonomics (but I still rate "Undercover Economist" above these two.) but the whole chapter about prostitutes was, to put it mildly, difficult to listen to in a family setting! (Not suitable for kids) Just thought I would put in this note of caution so that you can avoid listening to it on your car stereo when your kids are in the backseat. :)