But I think it's a great book to change your manners of thinking. It's definitely a book about cause and effects. Not as mind blowing as I've heard though.
This book comes highly recommended.
I thought it was too obvious.
Maybe coming from a Science background (myself), we are taught to question everything, so the results in this book are not ground-breaking to me. Yet, I think non-science people must be reading this and saying, "wow, I never thought of it that way before". Welcome to the true science world.
I read this book because of the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. However, I really didn't think that they were very much alike. Some of the suppositions in Freakonomics are really too strange to accept. I enjoyed Outliers because it rang true but Freakonomics did not.
The author took a long time in setup for the book and finally when the meat of the book begins...I found it to be incredibly boring. They don't stay on any one topic long enough in my opinion. This is the first audio book of many where I just gave up and quit listening to it after 2 hrs.
I personally don't know how revised this edition is, but I only tried this title because of all the original rave reviews...Real estate agents and Ku Klux Clan are similar because they hoard information...Sumo wrestlers cheat....Who cares...It did not hold my interest and I cut this one short before I wasted 4 more hours of my life...
The insight into why abortion helps keep the crime rate down is good. Although I don't agree with abortion except for some instances. Why drug dealers live with their mother encourages blue collar guy like me to keep working hard and honestly. Good Book
I found the first chapter unbearable. A clear disregard for BIRTH rates among teens which have increased. I suppose I could hand pick bits of data to support my strange ideas as well, maybe I'd call it Dorkonomics. Save your money, buy something else.