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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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    Rich Portland, ME, United States 01-04-10
    Rich Portland, ME, United States 01-04-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth Your Time"

    If you read and enjoyed the first book, Freakonomics, listening to the 2nd one is a no-brainer. If you haven't, you don't need to worry about going in order. These are just a series of interesting stories about how people are influenced by incentives. Like books by Malcolm Gladwell, this book will make you think.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kim 06-10-12
    Joshua Kim 06-10-12

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    "If You Liked the First One......"

    No points for originality, but reliably smart and entertaining. I'm a sucker for academic theory and academic research packaged into narratives for the non-specialilst. Economists and evolutionary psychologists seem to take up the most room on the bookshelf (and have sort of merged with behavioral economists), although primatologists and sociologists may be poised to make a run. Does Levitt have any book length ideas inside of his head? Dubner is a good writer and journalist, I wonder if their partnership has run its course. Don't get me wrong. I super-recommend SuperFreakonomics. Read, enjoy, and bow down to the wisdom of incentives, the wisdom of the economist.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 12-07-09
    M. Clipper Phoenix, AZ 12-07-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Good, but not "Super""

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this book. However, it didn't blow me away as much as the original "Freakonomics". I really enjoyed the section about global warming, climate change, or whatever the alarmists are calling it now. I like how Levitt and Dubner put the whole subject into perspective, and pointed out that just how much money is being wasted on trying to change peoples' behavior, when far less money could be spent to actually fix the alleged problem. The section about prostitution was interesting, but not extremely surprising. However, the final story in the book about how monkeys tie into that subject is surprising. (Don't want to give it away though.) If you enjoyed "Freakonomics", then you'll probably enjoy this one as well. Just don't expect it to be super, and think of it just as you would any other sequel to a great movie.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Duane Touchet 10-31-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "Just ok. Not sure if I believe it all though."

    I loved the first book. Having just finished Superfreakonomics, I can only remember two things about it.

    The first is the in depth coverage of hookers which I found educational and entertaining. In my opinion this part is the best of the book and I consider it the sequel to the gang information in Freakonomics.

    The second is the total 180 from most scientists on global warming and carbon dioxide's role it in. I am a skeptic and something about this felt off. The topic follows mainly the works of Nathan Myhrvold, formally of Microsoft, who advocates 'geo-engineering' and the science of Ken Caldeira. Nathan probably forgot all the times Microsoft patched a complex system which fixed the initial problem but caused other problems. He has the same approach to climate change and Levitt and Dubner seem to take it at face value without researching the pros and cons. Complex systems don't always respond to "cheap and simple fixes" in predictable ways. It feels like the authors were looking for major topics where they could argue against the mainstream. If you research online, you'll find that Ken Caldeira even claims that the book gets his views and opinions wrong.

    I now wonder if any of the other research in the book is accurate. If I would have read more online reviews about the book I probably wouldn't have purchased it.

    30 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    V.D. BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States 05-12-10
    V.D. BEAVERCREEK, OH, United States 05-12-10 Member Since 2013
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    "supergreat (great narration too)"

    the book is really really good. interesting and insightful.
    the only thing i didn't like was when the authors were trying to argue that humans have no inherent goodness, but rather that we merely respond to incentives. this is obviously an ambiguous argument, as it doesn't answer whether one of the incentives humans respond to is the pleasure of others (which there is psychological and neurological evidence for).
    not sure why the authors ignore such evidence and argue for an unsubstantiated conclusion. perhaps they have incentives of their own? ;)
    anyway, great book, definitely worth a read or a listen (great narration too).

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Castaneda 04-20-10 Member Since 2014
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    "enjoyed it but compared to freakonomics"

    Its sad when someone writes something really brilliant and must continually compete with the past. A good audio book that is well read but no where as good as its predecessor.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David DPO, AP, USA 02-06-10
    David DPO, AP, USA 02-06-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than the First One!"

    I did not think it would be possible for them to produce something better than the first book. I was wrong. This one is even more funny and insightful. You almost feel guilty for having so much fun getting micro-economics lessons. When I studied micro in college it had to be painful or it did not count. These guys are masters of teaching the painful sections of the dismal science in a fun and definitely non-painful way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    pplinux Katy, TX, US 10-23-09
    pplinux Katy, TX, US 10-23-09 Member Since 2015
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    Very entertaining. I wish they would have gone a bit more in-depth.

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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Lee 02-03-15
    Mark Lee 02-03-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Not as good as the original."

    Wasn't impressed with this content. Not much compelling material. The topics also lack meaningful connections. Global warming and doctors not washing hands probably the biggest focus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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