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Perhaps mindful that the procession of Freakonomics-inspired pop-economics books is becoming a blur, blogger Cowen aims to not hit the reader over the head with economic principles. Indeed, in his chatty disquisitions, economics often recedes into near invisibility. Few readers will hold it against this charming guide on how to get more of the good stuff in life. An engaging narrator, Cowen offers idiosyncratic strategies for appreciating museum art, for building family trust and cooperation, for writing a personal ad, for reading classic novels that seem boring on first inspection, for surviving torture, for properly practicing self-deception and for most effectively giving to beggars in Calcutta. In the book's most passionate and practical chapter, on food, Cowen explains how, with planning and tactics, we can eat much better meals at home and in restaurants, here and abroad. Throughout the book, the author's advice is less counterintuitive than simply surprising (he argues that the committed foodie should look to regions where some people are very rich and others are very poor). Even if you don't agree with all of Cowen's cheerfully offered opinions, it's a pleasure to accompany him through his various interests and obsessions. At the least, you'll pick up some useful tips for what to order at upscale restaurants. (Sept.)
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Fast, furious, and fun, with great examples of how to apply economic thinking to nontraditional subjects.
Stephen J. Dubner, coauthor of Freakonomics
Engaging [and] useful.
The Washington Post
His creativity is a gift.
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, authors of Freakonomics
[An] economist whos a wonderfully entertaining writer but also a deeply humane thinker will show you how thinking better can actually help you live better.
James Surowiecki, author of The Wisdom of Crowds --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
By the first disc of the audio-book version, I could tell he was an economic rationalist.
By the second disc, I could see that he was a self-styled polymath and felt obliged... Read more
When first picking this book off the shelf and looking at the Title I thought it was going to be a interesting read. IT ISN'T. Read morePublished 24 months ago by J. Carbone
This book showed up in great condition as advertised and I enjoyed reading every page of it! I would definitely recommend it!Published on March 31, 2013 by D-Rad
It is amazing how some 'books' become published.
There is no theme to this unstructured attempt either in relationship to the title, between chapters or within the... Read more
Tyler Cowen, professor of Economics at Georges Mason University, has written a simple and interesting little book that describe how the understanding of how incentives work is... Read morePublished on November 29, 2011 by Danny Cote
Relying on economic principles to determine every aspect of your life is powerful, certainly. Effective, maybe. But it's also more than a little bit psychotic.Published on January 11, 2011 by SJ
I got this book from a local library. Read and liked it very much. When I come to amazon.com to buy one to keep, I found the average review is low. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Yi Dong
I've never written a review here before, but I was moved by just how bad this book was to write one now. Read morePublished on October 17, 2010 by Avid Reader
I appreciate the points Cowen tries to make, but as at least one other reviewer said, he rambles. If the book were two thirds its present length, it would be much better. Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by l.c.r.