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on March 26, 2015
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Good book
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on March 21, 2015
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As much fun as the Freaconomics, waiting for more!
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on March 17, 2015
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Very entertaining. Written with the same thought and cleverness as Freakonomics.
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on March 14, 2015
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If you have read Freakonomics, this is a great sequel to the first one. If you have not read it, this book still explains everything in simple, easy to understand terms. For those who are just becoming interested in Freakonomics, I would highly recommend reading the first novel, but order does not matter when tackling the big questions, such as why suicide bombers should buy life insurance.

Levitt and Dubner do an amazing job of breaking down complex economics into ways I can understand using examples I have always wanted the answer to. Granted, I did not know I wanted the answer to them until I read the book! Insightful, funny, and genuinely interesting, I would highly recommend this book to anyone, not just those interested in economics.
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on March 13, 2015
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Thank you Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner for quantifying the absurd (and damaging) bias of established 'science'. Fortunately for 'earthkind' the order of nature eventually relegates these arrogant pin heads back their troll habitat.
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on March 12, 2015
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One of my favorite books.
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on March 10, 2015
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Mind provoking AND non-intuitive. Loved it.
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on March 8, 2015
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A second volume of unusual thinking. Makes you re-think things. And what ABOUT global warming/cooling.
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I wish I could get a refund for this. Seriously, I thought it was that bad. I don't think I can finish it. I really wanted to like this book because a couple of my friends recommended it to me. But seriously... it's bad. Like really bad. And I like most books. :( If you are on the fence, I highly recommend you take advantage of Amazon's peek inside the book program or borrow it first if you are Prime member. Do not leap in and buy this. Because you will either love it or possibly totally hate it and be upset.

What annoys me about this book is that it tries to present itself as something it is not. Although the introduction goes to great lengths saying that this book is just simply trying to show the economics of things around the world, everything drips with inflated marketing. A lot of the stories and examples start off with promise but go now where. They just end up with really shallow observations.

Example:
1. Prostitution will not go away because there will always be a market for it. - There, now you don't have to read that chapter.
2. Suicide bombers do not buy life insurance because they expect to die. - There, now you don't have to read that chapter.

The WHOLE book is like this. It's annoying. I feel really jibbed out of $8. Also, I found some of their conclusions (ex why drunk walking is more dangerous than drink driving) to be based on flawed logic and mathematical error. So, that pissed me off from the start. Also, I found the writing style to just jump around randomly like stream of consciousness. It was tough for me to follow.
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on March 6, 2015
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These books are entertaining and informative.
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