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
Electrical Engineer, 51 years old father of 3.
"Freakonomics" was great, "SuperFreakonomics" is even better. Listen or read this book before the next time you vote, or go to the doctor.
While their first book was insightful and interesting, this one is very disappointing. Instead of rigorous and enlightening fact-based analysis, it felt more like a lame attempt at a copycat Malcolm Gladwell. And it failed. If you enjoyed their first book, wait for the third to come out and skip this sophomore attempt.
If you liked the first book, you'll like this one...and vice versa. Covers some of the same topics, but differently. But the chapter on global warming? Read what climate scientists said about the chapter first. Solar panels adding to global warming because they're black? Hm.
I was really disappointed by this second installation of Freakanomics. It seemed that the issues addressed this time around were merely dressing on underlying political issues. I JUST finished it, and still, I can remember more from the first book than this one. This book may have been able to stand on its own, but presenting it as a sequel, of sorts, attempts to bestow undue credibility from the first onto the second; it didn't work. Knowing what I know now, I would have spent the credit on something else.
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