Freakonomics lived on the New York Times bestseller list for an astonishing two years. Now authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with more iconoclastic insights and observations in SuperFreakonomics—the long awaited follow-up to their New York Times Notable blockbuster. Based on revolutionary research and original studies SuperFreakonomics promises to once again challenge our view of the way the world really works.
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Interesting blend of econometrics and social phenomena. Ignore the controversy over the global warming chapter. The authors don't endorse any of the ideas. They are only trying to point out that we need to look at global warming from different angles. [[Make sure to check out the interview on The Daily Show]] BTW, the reviewer who doubted their credentials, Levitt is a professor at the University of Chicago--a high class hotbed of economic theory. The book's objective is to bring economic thinking to the masses--the use of numbers to understand human phenomena especially in the context of incentives so don't read it like an economics text book.
too much effort
They explain it themselves, the first book was not expected to be good, so they wrote what they wanted. Freakonomics was brilliant as a result.
I guess the pressure to write a follow up was too great, and it shows. Some of the topics are really well thought out and engrossing, but the comparisons are contrived. If it weren't for Freakonomics, this book would not be in my library.
Good content, but presented in a way that doesn't satisfy. I guess i was expecting too much.
If you liked the original, SuperFreakonomics is worth getting.
Although not as inspired as the original, SuperFreakonomics does offer more of the same - interesting perspective on a variety of topics, from an economist's point of view. If you only mildly liked the first book, don't bother with this one - you will be bored. If, however, you thought the first one was the best thing since sliced bread, you should at least be happy with SuperFreakonomics.