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SuperFreakonomics

by Stephen J Dubner, Steven D Levitt

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | May 16, 2011 | Trade Paperback

SuperFreakonomics is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 5.

SuperFreakonomics was an instant New York Times bestseller that caused a media uproar, continuing the amazing success begun with the groundbreaking, worldwide sensation Freakonomics. 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?
  • Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?
  • How much good do car seats do?
  • What''s the best way to catch a terrorist?
  • What do hurricanes, heart attacks and highway deaths have in common?
  • Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?
  • Can eating kangaroo save the planet?

Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is-good, bad, ugly and, in the final analysis, super-freaky. Freakonomics has been imitated many times over, but only now, with SuperFreakonomics, has it met its match.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.81 in

Published: May 16, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554686091

ISBN - 13: 9781554686094

Found in: Business and Finance

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Freakonomics Part II This book is essentially a continuation of the same general theme as the earlier one ? Freakonomics. However, this one includes color illustrations near the center of the book; I found these to be quite interesting and useful in illustrating certain sections of the main text. This book occasionally makes reference to some material covered in Freakonomics, so a reader may wish to read these two books in the order in which they were published. The only down side for me in this particular book was reading the ?Transcript from the First Freakonomics Radio Podcast?, which is a small fourteen-page section near the end of the book. Although this may have been great to listen to on the radio, reading through it, for me, was rather boring; it can easily be skipped (as I should have done) with no loss in the book?s useful/interesting content. I believe that anyone who enjoyed Freakonomics will likely enjoy this book at least just as much. I certainly did.
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Fun This book is super fun. I love reading this type of books that pushes our mind to think beyond superficial daily phenomenons. And out of the range of similar books in this genre, I think superfreakonomics has the right mix for humour, insights and fun. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2011-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Throw away your preconceptions - Freakonomics is here! An amazing book that challenges and clarifies ideas that we have believed to be true and, at the same time, seeks to tell you what is really going on. I really loved this book - it tackles everything from the wage drop of prostitution in the late 20th century to the history of the automobile seatbelt. If you like quirky little facts and trivia and you are the type of person that is always wondering why things are the way they are, you will adore this book. A very fast read but the topics will stick in your head for quite a while;
Date published: 2010-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superfreakin' Loved It! Impossible to pinpoint a highlight in Levitt's second book asevery single page shines. In the real world take everything you see with a grain of salt. If you measure or analyze things correctly, the real truth will come out. Cannot wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2010-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from You Will Enjoy It - If You Like This Type Of Book I have read Blink, Outliers, Freakanomics, and the Tipping Point so clearly this type of book intrigues me. But I admit that I always read books and newspaper articles about similar topics such as this skeptically. Consider “an apple a day really does keep the doctor away” (as a recent newspaper headline stated) but then the article itself never outlined what specifically about the apple a day did this. Was it the apples nutrition itself? Was it the fibre and not the nutrition? Or was it that people who tended to eat apples also tended to drink more water, exercise regularly or balance their lifestyle? Sometimes authors do not clarify the full meaning of the study. At least this book tries to explain their research and where there isn’t a clear link, they admit it and go on from there. So when I pick up these books I don’t put too much emphasis on the research behind it – I just enjoy the entertainment value of it. Some controversy regarding the accuracy of some of the chapters for one example see: http://www.salon.com/news/global_warming/index.html?story=/tech/htww/2009/11/10/superfreakonomic_science_fiction This book is essentially examples in what they call “microeconomics”. The authors had a first book simply called Freakanomics. They examine commonly “perceived” expectations surrounding certain cultural situations and look for other reasons they think it might occur. This book discusses things like the odds of dying driving drunk versus walking drunk, TV’s effect on India’s poor, TV’s effect on people and violence, altruism, the price of prostitutes and changes thereto, Ramadan and it's effect on birth, ER/doctors and chemo effectiveness, child seats versus the regular seatbelt, the effects of eating beef versus kangaroo on the environment, and other interesting situations. The book itself is really just another form of pop culture but interesting nonetheless. It definitely makes you reconsider how we look at certain things.
Date published: 2009-11-01

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SuperFreakonomics

by Stephen J Dubner, Steven D Levitt

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.81 in

Published: May 16, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554686091

ISBN - 13: 9781554686094

From the Publisher

SuperFreakonomics was an instant New York Times bestseller that caused a media uproar, continuing the amazing success begun with the groundbreaking, worldwide sensation Freakonomics. 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?
  • Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?
  • How much good do car seats do?
  • What''s the best way to catch a terrorist?
  • What do hurricanes, heart attacks and highway deaths have in common?
  • Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?
  • Can eating kangaroo save the planet?

Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is-good, bad, ugly and, in the final analysis, super-freaky. Freakonomics has been imitated many times over, but only now, with SuperFreakonomics, has it met its match.

About the Author

While attending Appalachian State University, Stephen J. Dubner started a rock band that was signed to Arista Records. He eventually stopped playing music to earn an M.F.A. in writing at Columbia University, where he also taught in the English Department. From 1990 to 1994, he was an editor and writer at New York magazine. He has written for numerous publications including The New Yorker, Time, and The Washington Post. He is an award-winning author and journalist. He is the coauthor, with Steven D. Levitt, of Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. It won the inaugural Quill Award for best business book; a Visionary Award from the National Council on Economic Education; and was named a Notable Book of 2005 by the New York Times. His other works include Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to His Jewish Family (1998), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper (2003), and The Boy with Two Belly Buttons (2007). Steven D. Levitt is the Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he is also director of The Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. In 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes the most influential economist in America under the age of 40. More recently, he was named one of Time magazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World." Levitt received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1989, his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1994, and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1997. He coauthored the bestselli
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