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Publisher Description

The legendary bestseller that made millions look at the world in a radically different way returns in a new edition, now including an exclusive discussion between the authors and bestselling professor of psychology Angela Duckworth.

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Which should be feared more: snakes or french fries? Why do sumo wrestlers cheat? In this groundbreaking book, leading economist Steven Levitt—Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and winner of the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark medal for the economist under 40 who has made the greatest contribution to the discipline—reveals that the answers. Joined by acclaimed author and podcast host Stephen J. Dubner, Levitt presents a brilliant—and brilliantly entertaining—account of how incentives of the most hidden sort drive behavior in ways that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Business & Personal Finance
February 17
William Morrow

Customer Reviews

Dyoungster ,

Must Read

Fantastic book, keeps your attention the whole time. Great ideas and theories. High recommend reading. Easy to read and understand.

BJ Nemeth ,

Highly Recommended

Freakonomics is an interesting look at a wide variety of phenomenon, using the statistical analysis of economics to prove or disprove the conventional wisdom.

I love this book because it puts facts and proof up against theories and feel-good answers. The authors even dwell on politically incorrect topics (linking an increase in abortion to a decrease in crime, and showing that backyard swimming pools kill more children than guns) if that's where the data leads them.

This book should be required reading in Journalism school, though I highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of their profession.

cox.516 ,

Freakanomics - An Abnormal View of an Irregular World

Freakanomics is a combination of short stories. Each "story" is about a question and the unusual way in which the authors delve into mountains of data, define the question in an answerable form, and arrive at conclusions that are frequently surprising.

This book provides excellent examples as to why it is important to consider other options, other outcomes, and to question the "why" of things in our lives. Sometimes the obvious reason is, in fact, not the reason at all.

Most of us are not economics experts, nor do most of hold any kid of degree in economics. But many of us would benefit mightily from applying a little thought as to what motivates people in our daily lives to do what they do. Look beyond the obvious, beyond tHe surface. Be discerning. Examine life. And have fun with it.

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