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Super Freakonomics (Book)

A book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

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  • Jun 12, 2010
Not as good as the first book
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review by . June 25, 2010
I had the bad fortune to pick up Superfreakonomics the weekend before a long road trip.  I say bad fortune because I couldn't stop reading it to pack, and now I'm on the other side of the country and I'm running low on socks and boxers.      Complications aside, Levitt and Dubner's second work manages to capture the quirkiness and "evil genius" brand of thought-provoking hilarity that was first seen in Freakonomics, while tying it together into …
review by . March 26, 2010
Economics may not be considered one of the sexier sciences. But, first with "Freakonomics" and now with "Super Freakonomics", rogue economists and best-selling authors, Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner, have proven that economics can be fascinating, funny and out-of-the-blue surprising as well!       No cow is so sacred as to escape the scrutiny of Levitt and Dubner's micro- and macro-scopic analysis. For example, would any of us have thought to question …
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Actually makes boring topics interesting.
review by . April 10, 2010
This reads like a novel with twists, turns and surprises on every page. A very easy to read fact filled and entertaining book. If you have read Freakonomics you know what you are in for. If not you will find this a treat. I really enjoyed the discussions form Intelligent Ventures in Seattle. If you have heard about geoengineering, you will find out more about much simpler responses to global warming than we have head from others. And yes you will hear detractors. But such is the lot of people who …
review by . November 15, 2009
The first Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) was somewhat thought-provoking and made a few interesting arguments. By contrast, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance seems contrarian simply for the sake of being contrarian. It makes grand statements about issues without backing them up with data. The worst example of this is the discussion of climate change. Levitt and Dubner promote a …
review by . January 06, 2010
If you read this book as an economics text, you will be disappointed.    If you read this book as a couple hours of entertainment and expect to glean interesting info for the watercooler or your next cocktail party, you will love it. The issues are relevant to the average Joe, which is one of the reasons why these books are so popular.    If you don't like it, find some intriguing data and write your own book.
review by . December 28, 2009
I am a fan of the previous "Freakonomics" book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dunbar so I knew what to expect when I began "Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance." The book's tantalizing subtitle displays the overall tone and subject matter of the book: an irreverent look at topical issues, using humor and common sense to debunk some of the most common assumptions most of us have made about our world. Much as the first book, "Superfreakonomics" …
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The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling over four million copies in thirty-five languages and changing the way we look at the world. Now, 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.

Four years in the making, SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones: What's more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it's so ineffective? Can a sex change boost your salary?

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?
  • Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?
  • How much good do car seats do?
  • What's the best way to catch a terrorist?
  • Did TV cause a rise in crime?
  • What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common?
  • Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?
  • Can eating kangaroo save the planet?
  • Which adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor?

Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is – good, bad, ...

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ISBN-10: 0060889578
ISBN-13: 978-0060889579
Author: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Genre: Business & Investing, Entertainment, Nonfiction
Publisher: William Morrow
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