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Steven

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  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
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    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Understandable Statistics"
    Overall

    This book blows away many of the common "truths" many of us have come to accept. I had heard of the books controversy and some of the points are controversial however in light of the authors demonstrating to never take statistics at face value, I don't believe all is true in the assumptions this book makes. It is a good, fast paced book, understandable in it's premise and how the authors conclusions were arrived at, but the tone is a bit self important, as are most tomes preaching the gospel according to economist/authors. It opened my mind to certain ideas on educating my own children and on how to spend tax dollars on students. The section on crime is interesting and as flawed as the various government reports on crime, but again, eye-opening.

    I would recommend the book because it keeps the reader/listener's interest and it sparks internal debates with our own value system and beliefs. A good look at the "truths" we believe is good for the brain, the heart and the soul of a human.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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