Freakonomics Rev Ed Unabridged Cd: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Audio CD – Audiobook, Sep 28 2006
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“If Indiana Jones were an economist, he’d be Steven Levitt… Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Provocative… eye-popping.” (New York Times Book Review: Inside the List)
“The guy is interesting!” (Washington Post Book World)
“The funkiest study of statistical mechanics ever by a world-renowned economist... Eye-opening and sometimes eye-popping” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America... Prepare to be dazzled.” (Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point)
“Principles of economics are used to examine daily life in this fun read.” (People: Great Reads)
“Levitt dissects complex real-world phenomena, e.g. baby-naming patterns and Sumo wrestling, with an economist’s laser.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
“Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire.” (Philadelphia Daily News)
“Levitt is one of the most notorious economists of our age.” (Financial Times)
“Hard to resist.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way.... This is bracing fun of the highest order.” (Kurt Andersen, host of public radio's Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century)
“Freakonomics was the ‘It’ book of 2005.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom.” (Associated Press)
“A showcase for Levitt’s intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics…. There’s plenty of fun to be had.” (Salon.com)
“One of the decade’s most intelligent and provocative books.” (The Daily Standard)
“Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading.” (Book Sense Picks and Notables)
“The trivia alone is worth the cover price.” (New York Times Book Review)
“An easy, funny read. Many unsolvable problems the Americans have could be solved with simple means.” (Business World)
“Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds.” (Amazon.com) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark medal, given to the most influential American economist under the age of forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.
Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career—as an almost-rock-star—to become a writer. He has worked for The New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. He lives with his family in New York City.
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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.
I can give you an example. Every part starts with an interesting question. Let's say: "What is the hidden cause of obesity in the USA? It is followed by numbers. As a PH.D in Sexuality I can tell you that there are more than 20+ million impotent American men. Many of them are married and their wives are equally, if not more sexually dissatisfied. This results in emotional eating, depression, alcoholism, smoking, etc abuses. Does this have economical effect? Of course yes, because only the blue pill's production earns billions. What can be done? I recommend to my clients staying up-to-date with the latest scientific discoveries revealed in bestsellers such as "scientfically guaranteed male multiple orgasms and ultimate sex". The book reads as six articles from a quality magazine. Their questions will challenge you, their answers may provoke you, but the book is entertaining, thought-provoking and will likely change the way you view the world around you.
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.
Reminds me of Douglas Adams' "the fundamental interconnectedness of everything". Most importantly, "DON'T PANIC". Food for thought, and a reminder not to think too much.
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An interesting book that gives you a different perspective.. however some of the theories get so farfetched and paranoid that you lose interest 3/4 of the way through. Read morePublished 2 months ago by InsomniacMuffin
This book is for those who start learning Statistics, as it provides good examples how you can interpret statistical results. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Meister_Hora
Came in a week, brand new! Very, very satisfied with the Book Depository.
Also, the book views economics from a different point of view, very interesting
Good ways to see life from different point of views. Touches quite outcast subjet: sumo-wrestling, baby's name, selling drugs, real-estate agent... Read morePublished on Jan. 13 2014 by Broco
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.Published on Dec 27 2009 by S. Ghavami
After reading the Undercover Economist, I thought that this would be just as good. Unfortunately, this was not the case. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2009 by Y. Chen
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... Read morePublished on May 12 2008 by Barry Tighe
I think the title says it all. Freakonomics is not intended to be an economics textbook, a peer-reviewed journal article or thesis dissertation for a PhD candidate. Read morePublished on May 5 2008 by J. Tupone
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