Superfreakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
The New York Times bestselling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation. Now, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the "freakquel" is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. SuperFreakonomics challenges... show more
The New York Times bestselling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation. Now, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the "freakquel" is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department store Santa? Who adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Did TV cause a rise in crime? Can eating kangaroo meat save the planet? Whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically, Levitt and Dubner show the world for what it really is—good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, superfreaky.
Publish date: May 24th 2011
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 297
Edition language: English
Series: Freakonomics (#2)
I listened to the audiobook version of this via Hoopla Digital. It was fun, just as the other books in the series have been.
Incredible, fast, entertaining read. Thinkers like this one occasionall remind me just why I have chosen my profession.Short Synopsis (Q):Putting the Freak in EconomicsIn which the global financial meltdown is entirely ignored in favor of more engaging topics.The perils of walking drunk…The unlikely...
A case of a movie being better than the book. Okay, the movie was based on Freakonomics and not this, but still.Honesty, if you are going to write about prostitution, you should look at more than just one city.Still some of it was intersting. Not upset that I either brought or read it.
Some parts a little amusing, most parts ideological bullshit posing as 'objective' science. They should have at least stayed in their own field (microeconomics). Not very credible in topics such as health care or climate change.
This second installment in the "Freakonomics" series was an interesting listen but fell short (same with the first book). I really enjoy the Freakonomics bit on NPR and think it would be easy to translate this into a book format but for some reason the books aren't as interesting or compelling. I ca...