- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; Revised edition (Oct. 17 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061234001
- ISBN-13: 978-0061234002
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.4 x 2.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Freakonomics (Revised Edition) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Oct 17 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))
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, an award-winning journalist and radio and TV personality, has worked for the New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. He is the host of Freakonomics Radio and Tell Me Something I Don't Know.
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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!