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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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    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 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-29-15
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 12-29-15 Member Since 2017

    I'm a mom. I read for fun and to bring my family together. We don't have a TV (30 years!) and love the power of books. Read on!

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    "Awesome!"

    I love the concepts discussed in the 'Freak' books. Amazing and fun! This is certainly a great way to expand our understanding and perspective.

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-15
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful. Stimulating. I learned so many things"

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jermey Laurel, MD, United States 02-18-11
    Jermey Laurel, MD, United States 02-18-11
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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!

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    Ray 12-18-09
    Ray 12-18-09 Member Since 2008
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    "So - So"

    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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    James Hicks 10-25-09
    James Hicks 10-25-09 Listener 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!

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-21-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

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    "An unusual take on economics"

    With over 400 audio books I have listened to, many more than once, but have never reviewed in my Audible,I am looking through some of the best and worst and reviewing some of them. SuperFreakonomics by Levitt and Dubner qualifies as one of the more interesting books on economics I have read or listened to. It deals not with basic economic theory, but with economic situations and comparisons that are freaky when one examines them. The scope of this non-fiction book is impressive. Stephen Dubner does a nice job of narrating this book that he co-wrote.

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    Patrick Boling 06-20-17 Listener Since 2007
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    "A great book and insightful"

    This book covers the various examples how common wisdom is often wrong.

    Loved it.

    I most write 15 words.

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    David Tidwell 05-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"

    I liked the first one better but I found the short section on teaching money's about currency intreguin.

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    Joshua 04-19-17
    Joshua 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not enough book!"

    I've now listened to both Freakonomics and SuperFreakpnomics and at the conclusion of each one I find myself struggling to find other options as entertaining and informative as these. I also listen to the Freakonomics podcast, but again it's hard to find other option that keep my brain as entertained as Freakonomics has been able to do far. I'd suggest this book to any civic minded thinker and fun knowledge thinker.

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