©2007 John R. Lott, Jr, Ph.D; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
This book was a total mistake. I thought I'd get another perspective, but it's right-wing circle logic that just doesn't hold up. Stay away.
I enjoyed Freakanomics because they showed the details (correctly or incorrectly) of how they came to their conclusion. After listening to this book, I do question some of their findings.
Unfortunately this author did not go into as much detail. I found myself constantly asking the author, "How do you know that is true?" Because of the lack of details and the author's conservative (no surprise by the title) views, I got the feeling this was more of a political book than economic book.
Because of this, as the book went on, after giving an introduction to a problem, it was easy to guess which one the author would argue for. Even if it seemed to contradict what the author said earlier. As another reviewer said, this made the book seem repetitive in the end.
It was a decent listen, just not great.
I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but found the last few hours a little repetitive.
Would suggest that it is worth listening to, but if you believe in the power of an unrestricted market, then you would have already accepted the major concept in this book.
If he didn't try to use statistics to make racist claims about crime and abortion, elections etc
Trying to make money of someone else's best selling book freakonomics.
If you are a republican you will most likely enjoy this book.
Most of this book is a rejoinder to Freakonomics; in that, it is probably a success. It's rather hard to tell if Lott is motivated by animus for the material in Levitt's volume on Lott, rather than the desire to illuminate the topic; however, the result is another interesting volume on economics and how they apply to the masses. I suggest it as a libertarian companion to the socialist Freakonomics.
It gives a pretty good explination of free market principles if someone doesn't have a great grasp of them.
It is so dry an unengaging when compared with Freakonomics or any of Malcom Gladwell's books
its non fiction, there are no characters, this question is ridiculous
....and it goes on
Just read Milton Freidman or BOTH Adam Smith books and Atlas Shrugged and you've got it.
The book was interesting, but the reading of the book left little differentiation between the author's comments and the numerous quotes and references the book relies on. A second reader to assist with these duties might have made the audiobook easier to follow.
Also the reading was marred by strange inflections which seemed to suggest that many sentences in the text ended with a comma,
"Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Freak"
What a right wing / tea party piece of rubbish!
This book is the worst book i've download!
Not a good listen and not that good a position economically. Not something I would recommend at all
"I enjoyed it"
I actually meant to buy 'Freakonomics' but didn't have my glasses when I ordered this. This is largely a polemic of Freakonomics and my first thought is that it has saved me the hassle of actually reading it.
A lot of this is looks at what Freakonomics says and then explores the topic in more depth, usually with the result that its authors were a couple of 'chancers' (my words, meant affectionately) that reliably only presented a choice selection of facts.
I particularly like the range of subjects discussed. I had no idea, for example, of how the Swedish government went about indoctrination in its schools.
There was clearly lots of background reading and interesting quotes, suggesting that the author was very credible.
The content is not credible. Essentially it is mainly a counter argument to Freakonomics.
Not the issue
Not the issue
If you believe this then you would believe that the greedy people and corporations of this world are all working with the best of intentions and full justified.
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