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5.0 out of 5 stars A look at things through the eyes of an economist Nov. 23 2010
This book is a general interest book- and it certainly is interesting. The book, for anyone looking for an entertaining read, will like it. In a nutshell, the book takes a look at all sorts of things in society, from crack gangs to parenting, and then attempts to make sense of them by applying econonmic principles. According to the book, economics is really the study of incentives, and so using this kind of angle, the book comes up with answers to why things work the way they do.

A book that's hard to put down, I'm sure many readers will enjoy it. Also recommend The Sixty-Second Motivator for a more simplistic explanation of what motivates people and gives them incentives to do what they do.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible Explorations of Real World Phenomena July 29 2014
By G. Poirier TOP 50 REVIEWER
As of this writing, there have been well over one thousand reviews of this book. I doubt very much that I can add anything new or significant that has not already been mentioned. So, I will simply state my own personal experience in reading it. I found the prose/writing style to be clear, very friendly, quite witty, authoritative, highly accessible and most captivating. The pages just flew by, making it a rather quick read (and I am a slow reader). I have also learned a few interesting and worthwhile facts that I intend to use to my advantage. I am certain that there is something here for one and all. As such, I do believe that this is a book that everyone can enjoy. (I have now started to read the sequel: Superfreakonomics)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting July 11 2012
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Was an interesting read. If you enjoy statistical analysis of stuff, you will enjoy it too. If not, then this book is not for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best beck ever April 25 2014
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Great read! As soon as I finished i became a walrus and ruled the motion of the ocean. . ,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dinner party conversation-starter March 22 2014
By Polly
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One of my favorite books. I found so many chapters fascinating, and it was my first exposure to economics in a way that I could understand. The chapter on names is particularly interesting (and hilarious!) I can't remember the number of times some of the stories from this book have come up at dinner or cocktail parties - from politics to drug dealers, there is something everyone can relate to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Dec 29 2013
By marc
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Opened my eyes to another world out their, finaces and the simple connections economic has with their your daily life. Amazing book. Worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! June 17 2013
By jasmine
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It's actually pretty easy to read.I had heard a lot about this book and so I was curious. Its interesting the way that he pulls apart data to come to in depth, completely logical conclusions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 24 2013
By Léa
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Fun, insightful, interesting, captivating.. Freakonomics teaches a lot about economics concepts applied in everyday life in a very simple and bright way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book - Minor Damage
Arrived promptly, but was a little bent and had some inexplicable pen marks on the back. Not sure where these came from. Still pleased with purchase!
Published 17 months ago by Scott Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book but take the info with caution...
Freakonomics was an entertaining read and both steves obviously are great authors in their own right. Every chapter contains interesting insights. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars fast trade..same authors but came older publication
fast trade..same authors but it came older publication..the add was 2009 publications of Harper Collins.. but it came as 2005 publications of penguin books.. Read more
Published 21 months ago by ontu
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but padded
Like Margaret Mead seemed to explain everything through anthropology, Dubner and Levitt seem able to winnow out the real story behind whatever happens, mostly by the power of... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brian Griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars it is an interesting book
the authors view things in a different way from most people, that leads to many interesting coclusions. Many opinions are supported by data, which must be a great work. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2011 by jingsan
5.0 out of 5 stars Puts you outside the box
This book states several times that there is no consistent theme. It appears, as others have noted, to be a conglomeration of magazine articles expanded upon and put together in an... Read more
Published on June 5 2011 by Bart Breen
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