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SuperFreakonomics | [Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner]

SuperFreakonomics

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

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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    Jermey Laurel, MD, United States 02-18-11
    Jermey Laurel, MD, United States 02-18-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Thoroughly irreverent...and irresistable"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 11-04-09
    Jane 11-04-09
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    "sequel disappoints as much as the original excites"

    Where you excited about Freakonomics? Did you love the way that the authors used data to connect the dots on questions you've always had? Well, if you picked up Super Freakonomics hoping for the same new thinking, you'll be disappointed. It is more journalistic writing than analytical insight. The authors report on the writings of Malcom Gladwell and others, so it feels all along like you've read this book before. On the bright side, it was entertaining and held my interest, just not the breakthrough that the first book was.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Hicks 10-25-09
    James Hicks 10-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Another musing in microeconomics"

    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!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    E. C. Naville Kentuckiana 01-16-15
    E. C. Naville Kentuckiana 01-16-15 Member Since 2008
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    "More of the same great action but that's good"

    Super Freakonomics is more of the same great insight that was in Freakonomics. If you enjoyed the first book you will be back for more. Having one of the authors reading makes a possible boring topic insightful.

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    G. Baker US 12-28-14
    G. Baker US 12-28-14 Member Since 2012

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    "I love these guys!"

    I love the books, podcasts, all of it. I am always looking for the true cause and effect, not the US Today version and really appreciate how they get to it. I have a whole new academic crush; economics.

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    Kim Drnec Washington DC 08-01-14
    Kim Drnec Washington DC 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of SuperFreakonomics to be better than the print version?

    Don't know- didn't read the book


    What other book might you compare SuperFreakonomics to and why?

    You are now less Dumb
    The predictioner's game


    Which character – as performed by Stephen J. Dubner – was your favorite?

    This is non-fiction


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Hold on to your seats- you're not going to believe some of these things!


    Any additional comments?

    It is very interesting. Fast moving. Thought provoking and somehow vastly different topics are seamlessly joined together!

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    Tedd United States 05-22-14
    Tedd United States 05-22-14 Member Since 2009
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    Would you listen to SuperFreakonomics again? Why?

    These books always fascinate and are replete with practical application. As with the first, they do tend to get a bit bogged down in certain sections, but that's what ff is for I found the prostitution piece a tad boring and devoid of application but the rest were brilliant.


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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 02-21-14
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An interesting journey"

    A delightful and thought provoking book. I can see my own assumptions challenged. I certainly will look at altruism research more critically looking forward. I've very much enjoyed their podcasts and this is a longer more comprehensive version of that work. Well worth your time.

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    Margo 04-21-13
    Margo 04-21-13 Member Since 2009

    Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.

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    "Very Much Like Freakonomics"

    I enjoy the spin that these two put on economics. This book, like Freakonomics and the podcast of the same name, is a compilation of interesting examples used to illustrate a point about some aspect of economics. Think of it as a bunch of podcasts or short stories. There is a heavy focus on social economics, or why/how people make the decisions that they make.

    If you liked Freakonomics, you'll like this book, too. I personally enjoy all of them (books and podcast). However, I sometimes got bored with the narration...just a bit monotonous for my taste. Perhaps it should have come with a warning label "may cause drowsiness" or "don't operate heavy machinery."

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    Randy Bakersfield, CA, United States 03-30-13
    Randy Bakersfield, CA, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Band guy who always wants to be better at something.

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    "Sideways thinking"

    Steven and Steven are excellent for looking at things from the direction you'd never expect.

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