- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Aug. 17 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1554686369
- ISBN-13: 978-1554686360
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 121 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Paperback – Aug 17 2009
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"Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America. . . . Prepare to be dazzled." -- Malcom Gladwell -- Review
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 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 since taught English at Columbia, worked for The New York Times, and published three non-Freakonomics books.
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If you don't bore easily with endless statistics and comparisons stating the same thing over and over, then this is the book for you. If not, then wait for the 20 page abridged version to come out
This book, and the second more "More Freakanomics" encourages you to think outside the box, to brainstorm and be open to considering other explanations for things. It's an easy read, very entertaining and educational. This is one of only a handful of books I often purchase to give to friends I think will enjoy it as much as I do. I loved it!
I particulary enjoyed the sections on sumo wrestling, real estate agents house sales figures, and sections on kids names.
There is certainly more controversial correlations drawn here, some of which have been highly cited and challenged. If you are pro-life and have very strong opinions about it, sections of this book are likely to get you riled up. The author makes no moral claims, but some of the conclusions he makes are certainly not going to be within your lineo of thinking.
That said, I would not let that keep you away from the rest of the book, it really is a fascinating read.
CONS: While it is interesting and engaging, it does seem at times that that books goes off on little random tangents or ramblings that seem to delay the main points. Perhaps the book is just more story oriented than I envisioned.
Final Thoughts: A great casual read to spend many an evening with!
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