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
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I laughed until I cried reading Freakonomics but this one tops it. The variety of just silly stuff explained in super-rational terms is just funny beyond belief. Who ever said that Chicago is a dull school of economics. And Allie gets my vote for entrepreneur of the year.
Fan of 'Freakonomics' Levitt & Dubner continue where they left off. There are no theories, slanted views... just the facts. Interesting and educational. After listening to the audio book I went out and bought a hard copy to use as a reference book. This audio tape help shorten by Christmas list for those that hard impossible to buy for.
This is a must listen for all those living in fear of global warming. Learn how incentives affect and motivate human behavior. Also learn the unintended consequences of incentives. The research is always presented in an extremely interesting yet factual way. I'm always amazed when I listen to his material. After listening to Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Friedman, this really put global warming into perspective. Now all the politicians including Gore need to hear this. I will likely listen to this a second time and have recommended it to several people already.
I thought this book was very interesting and well read. The authors know how to take on interesting everyday topics and change the way you look at them. I especially appreciated the positive view of the future. It seemed that the book showed through many examples of how we were able to find solutions to some of the complex problems in the past and even took on practical solutions to one of the biggest mounting problems of our day--Global Warming. Great read, I am sure you will get something out of it.
I was so excited to read this sequel that I didn't even wait for my monthly credit to accrue--I ponied up the extra money. But I was disappointed. The material covered in this volume is not nearly as compelling or interesting as in the first. The first book covered crack dealers, abortion, crime rates and other "juicy" topics in a way that left you saying "wow! I never thought of it that way!" This sequel is more like listening to your econ professor in school; it drones on in some places and I lost interest. Perhaps the novelty of the authors' unique approach has simply worn off on me, but I think diehard fans of the first book will feel let down. And I agree with one of the earlier reviews--the last chapter is particularly long and boring, despite the topic (global warning).
I loved Freakonomics but this was a disappointment. They are trying so hard to shock and be edgy that it gets in the way of the interesting insights that made the first book so delightful. This book still has flashes of those, but not nearly so frequently.
Great book, however it was not possible to move backwards or forwards by chapter. Therefore, everytime I lost my place (accidently bumped my listening device)I had to start over from the ver beginning. This got VERY old. In the future, I will only purchase books that are broken down as actual chapters for my device.
See all the negative reviews on Amazon, they have said it all ...
Seems commercial[hookers] & "foxtvish".
Too bad, the first book was good.
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