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SuperFreakonomics

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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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    John A. Prestbo Skillman, NJ USA 12-19-11
    John A. Prestbo Skillman, NJ USA 12-19-11 Member Since 2009

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    What did you love best about SuperFreakonomics?

    This book continues the fresh, skeptical and illuminating look at things that was introduced in the first book, Freakonomics. But the threads tying together the topics in each chapter are weaker than before, so the narrative moves from one to another without providing a clear sense of the link that led the authors. However, the analysis -- and in some cases how the analysis came about -- still is fascinating. Maybe a better title would have been


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    K.C. 12-19-11
    K.C. 12-19-11

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    "kept my attention, has sound theory behind glitz"

    I was worried about some reviews that considered this more sensational then scientific. The authors try to convey the science in an interesting way. I was satisfied.

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    freedomfan 12-12-11
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    "Good listen for those who have read Freakonomics"
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    As with Freakonomics, this was an interesting listen. I recommend it to anyone who has read or listened to the first book.

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    Advika 12-01-11
    Advika 12-01-11

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    "This book was 100 times better than I expected!!"

    I loved loved loved this book. Packed with information, knowledge, observations that tie together to make a very interesting picture of the world around us. I learned a lot from this book. I wish I had to read things like this in high school and college. I wouldn't have spent so many years breaking my head, trying to figure out how this world works REALLY, (not how we wish it did.) I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand incentive/ human motivation better, how to take advantage of opportunities, and also simply anyone who is interested to know how this world operates.

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    Erfan LOGAN, UT, United States 11-20-11
    Erfan LOGAN, UT, United States 11-20-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "Defends The Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures"

    The books is good but the writer is very confused about the ultimate patent troll company who kills innovation. I am talking about Intelectual Ventures and all the hundreds of shadows corporations they registered to sue people like lodsys and oasis.

    This American Life did an excellent job on a story ("Patent Wars") to expose Intelectual Ventures and their hoard of lawyers.

    They don't innovate they kill innovation.

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    Peter ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 11-11-11
    Peter ASHEVILLE, NC, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Save your time"

    This book is gratuitous and adolescent. It is not nearly as good as the first book.

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    Jim Tampa, FL, United States 11-10-11
    Jim Tampa, FL, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2007
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    "And now I am downloading their podcasts!!"

    Great book. As good as the first, with the exception of, knowing what to expect. Very thought provoking. Who new micro economics could be so interesting!

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    Anthony Shingle Springs Dr., CA, United States 11-05-11
    Anthony Shingle Springs Dr., CA, United States 11-05-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Cool concept for a book."

    I liked both books in series, made you think about things in a new light. I think it was worth a credit. Overall about a high 3 or very low 4

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    Elaine 10-21-11
    Elaine 10-21-11

    I'm a country potter, gardener, flute player and tin tinker living with my husband, an electrical engineer & cabinet maker.

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    "Super Readonomics, Thinkonamics and Relateonomics"

    The interactions between TV and cultural change that meant better lives for women in India was the part that struck me the most intensely. I enjoy the Freakonomics podcasts and always want to know what Steven and Stephen have to say. I don't know that we should rely on changing the earth to suit our carbon habit but it's interesting to know that some people are discussing this. Economics is in every object and interaction in modern life so this is a good book to expose non-economists too. Should likely send it to my congress person....

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    Matt B 10-12-11
    Matt B 10-12-11
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    Full of interesting tidbits, this might make you look at many things in the world in a new light. I agree with other reviewers that some of the research is questionable, but I think that's part of the authors' point: data can be interpreted differently by different people. Looking at the data behind commonly used statistics can often reveal a different side to the story. As a bonus, it's also quite entertaining.

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