SuperFreakonomics

Paperback | May 24, 2011

bySteven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

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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.

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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 ...

Steven D. Levitt is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most influential economist under the age of forty. He is also founder of The Greatest Good, a company that applies Freakonomic principles to philanthropy and business.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:May 24, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554686091

ISBN - 13:9781554686094

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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.
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