The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling more than four million copies in 35 languages and changing the way we look at the world. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with Superfreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first.
SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet?
Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is: good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, super freaky.
Freakonomics has been imitated many times over - but only now, with SuperFreakonomics, has it met its match.
©2009 Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
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. :)
I really enjoyed the first one, but this second installment of freakonomics was great. I find it refreshing to find that the authors do a full investigation on issues and make crazy connections through economic analysis. I especially enjoyed the review on "Global Warming" and how it really isn't what everyone thinks it is. It just goes to show how easily the media can manipulate and scare the population. A majority of people really just don't know what they are talking about. I loved it: "if you want to stop global warming, don't buy a hybrid, just stop eating red meat."
Single Dad. Mid 50's.
Couldn't get enough of this book! It held me captivated from start to finish. Can't wait for another!
My title says it all....seemed to be more obvious information in this one, or maybe I'm just getting smarter after having read the first one!
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