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'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
I love the concepts discussed in the 'Freak' books. Amazing and fun! This is certainly a great way to expand our understanding and perspective.
They have reasonably priced solutions to global warming.
There is an amazing experiment with capuchin monkeys - what happens when coins/money are introduced into their society. The monkeys commit crime and prostitution.
I was surprised the author Stephen Dubner narrated the audiobook. Many authors are not good at that. But he was. He was good. I’m looking forward to their next book.
Genre: nonfiction and economics
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
As a fan of the weekly Freakanomics podcast, I came into this with a good idea of what to expect - which means the joy of surprise and enchantment a first-time listener may experience was bound to be elude me. I was right about that - nothing super earth-shaking for me, however my expectations were more than met and I really enjoyed this sequel to Freakanomics. These guys are just plain awesome and their mass appeal is obvious; I would recommend this for group car rides where you want everyone to think a little bit, discuss a little bit, laugh, and enjoy an escape from superficial assumptions about the world we live in. This would also be great for someone looking to increase their stash of interesting conversation starters for parties or awkward first dates (you may want to avoid the patriotic prostitutes though).
There's enough in this book, and its prequel, to offend just about anyone--and yet, the authors seem to have serious angst with...REALTORS!
After listening to their first publication I had high expectations for Super Freakonomics. I was pleasantly surprised with their product. This turned out to be another masterpiece of crazy ramblings!
The book is the literary equivalent of the movie sequel that shouldn't have been made. The same actors are in it, the same basic plot line, a few cars explode, the bad guy almost wins, then the hero saves the day.
What is interesting about all such books are the pods of hard data that are presented. The reader is taken from one "gee whiz, I didn't know that" pod to the next.
The problem is of course the age old problem of all wannabe philosophers, the problem of induction. The authors have taken a bite of a few apples, and declared knowledge of all apples. Or in other words, they've strongly implied many facts in this book, which are really not facts at all.
But the data itself is interesting, and if one doesn't sucked into their inductive narrative, it is worth reading, though I wouldn't recommend it to the gullible.
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