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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: William Morrow; Una Rev Ex edition (Oct. 5 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061238538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061238536
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 14.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 9 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #313,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Broco on Jan. 13 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Good ways to see life from different point of views. Touches quite outcast subjet: sumo-wrestling, baby's name, selling drugs, real-estate agent... but you can apply those view in everyday life.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Barry Tighe on May 12 2008
Format: Hardcover
Freakonomics gets me thrown out of a lot of parties. Now that I know what really makes the world turn I cannot resist butting in on folk's conversations and putting them right.
`Zero tolerance', someone will say, `that's what cut crime in New York'.
`No it didn't', says I, `it was the 1973 legalisation of abortion that cut crime. Fewer young men means fewer young criminals.' A few dirty looks and off I go to another group.
`My estate agent is marvellous; she sold my house in no time. A little under my asking price but she got me the best deal she could'.
`No she didn't', I interrupt. `She sold your house below your asking price for a quick sale. She makes more money selling lots of houses cheaply than fewer houses for a fair price.' More unfriendly stares. Next group.
`Drug dealers are all rich, living off the backs of their victims'.
`Oh yeah? Says I, `Then why do most of them live with their moms?'
And so on until they show me the door.
Freakonomics has turned me into a know-all. It explains the real reasons things happen as opposed to the conventional thinking. Written in a style that tells you that you are among friends, Freakonomics leads you gently from a world of easy assumptions to a world of questioning. You will never be quite the same again.
My only bicker is that it is too short. Are they writing a Freakonomics II? I do hope so. Maybe they can explain why know-alls get thrown out of parties.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Coach C TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 30 2006
Format: Hardcover
Steven Levitt is clearly a brilliant man. An intellectual that isn't afraid to rock the boat with some controversial yet well-thought ideas. The book identifies some very interesting trends and presents them in a straight-forward readable manner.

However, Levitt's ideas are not explored in enough detail to sufficiently enforce his arguments. It almost seems that the publishers have dumbed it down to the level of the ordinary person in order to sell more books. I haven't read the expanded edition, but I hope Levitt provides some of the background that is lacking in this edition.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ben J. Serpa on Jan. 30 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after I saw the author on the Daily show. It looked interesting enough, a bunch of random statistics that I would likely not have read elsewhere.

I was anticipating hundreds of short brief interesting factoids instead I got a couple long winded stories about Sumo wrestler corruption and crack dealers living with their parents and working at mcdonalds to pay the bills. These were interesting stories but I would have prefered a lot more of them with less filler and more raw numbers.

The book is easy to read but I would reccomend checking it out at the library before commiting to own a copy. Im trying to figure out who I can give this book to now as once you know that sumo's are corrupt theres no sence reading it a second time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LP on March 31 2009
Format: Hardcover
What an excellent book. Crammed with interesting insights, overflowing with surprising twists. I loved it. Freakanomics was the only book that all the adults in our holiday group read - and it was by far the best for generating conversation. One of the most interesting and thought provoking books I have read for ages. Bring on Freakanomics2 please.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sivakumar Nadarajah on May 31 2007
Format: Hardcover
I heard Levitt on Bloomberg ten months ago and wanted to buy this book immediately. Unfortunately, I was on highway 287 in New Jersey, stuck in traffic during rush hour. Then every time I saw the book on a bookstand in an airport, I avoided it and chose a latest bestseller instead. Then, last week, it just happened that I finally bought the book for my west- coast six-hour flight and was pretty much expecting a "Tipping Point" kind of read. I'll tell you hands down. This book is amazing. No offence to Gladwell, Steve Levitt has definitely produced a better read than "Blink" and "Tipping Point". This book, as we already know, has introduced a new "cult" in economics. Just like how blogosphere is changing the rules of journalism, "Freakonomics" has already changed the rules of economics.

If you are reading this review and you are one of those who took so long to buy this book(like me), I'll vouch for it, just go ahead and buy this book. You will be glad that you did. It's hilarious, thought provoking, fun to read and above all will make you suspect every phenomenon that you observe everyday, including why Giuliani and Obama are popular (?). Or are they really?

N.Sivakumar

Author of "America Misunderstood: What a Second Bush Victory Meant to the Rest of the World".
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Format: Hardcover
A rather quick read. The other brings up good examples and analogies in explaining economic concepts. A good book if you've never taken an econ course.
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Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was fairly interesting and would actually give it a 3.5 to 4, but not over a 4. His first premise, that improved access to abortion is related to crime reduction is not necessarily correlated and there could well be any number of factors that result in lower crime rates (i.e. better opportunities for education, increased overall wealth, improved standards of living, etc). Some of his other points do seem to be correlated based on my own experience. For instance, his comments about realtors recommending a lower selling price in order for them to quickly sell the house is quite accurate. I sold my house this year and if I hadn't done my own research, I would have undoubtedly taken the realtor at face value and sold my house for $20,000 less than what I did. That being said, regardless of what any realtor, author, or anyone else says, one must look at all the options and information, even if it takes effort to do so.
All in all, it was an interesting easy, quick read but just consider all the facts or other points of view before taking what he has to say at face value or becoming a "know it all" at parties. If you enjoy this sort of thing, you will probably also enjoy the book "Sway," which is written in a similar style and based on human responses to various situations.
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