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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.
Much of the research is presented informally (this is a popular-level book, after all) which makes Freakonomics very easy to read. Given my vast inexperience in the field of economics, this is a welcome style; as I complain about popular-level physics books, however, I imagine Freakonomics suffers at the hands of graduate students across the social sciences for playing to such a wide audience. Speaking of wide audiences, I also found that nearly all the material in Freakonomics was covered by their early podcast episodes, which again are quite popular.
Overall, I give Freakonomics four stars. It's a good read for its particular examples, but anyone with even a basic versing in statistics will find many of the behind-the-scenes explanations (correlation != causation, who knew?) unsurprising.
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.
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I bought if for my dad, who is an avid reader. Not sure what he will think of this one. But I have heard lots of buzz about the book.Published 5 months ago by Dawn
Ordered this book on the recommendation of many of my colleagues and wasn't disappointed at all. If you are looking to read a book that gives you a different perspective on things... Read morePublished 7 months ago by G Briske