Save Big On Open-Box & Pre-owned: Buy "When to Rob a Bank: ...And 131 More Warped Suggest...” from Amazon Warehouse Deals and save 49% off the $25.99 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all Open-Box & Pre-owned offers from Amazon Warehouse Deals.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
When to Rob a Bank: ...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants Hardcover – Deckle Edge, May 5, 2015
|New from||Used from|
Up to 50% off select books
Featured titles are up to 50% off for a limited time. See all titles
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Special Offers and Product Promotions
“[A] kooky and counterintuitive collection of economic analysis. ... Plenty to revel in.” (Kirkus)
“Levitt and Dubner... return with more of their signature humor and economic perspective on everyday life. ... Will be a hit with fans of Freakonomics.” (Library Journal)
Praise for the Freakonomics Books: “Genius... has you gasping in amazement.” (Wall Street Journal)
“We are all Freakonomists now.” (Washington Post)
“An afternoon with Levitt and Dubner’s book will transform you into the most interesting person in the room that evening.” (National Public Radio)
“A splendid book, full of unlikely but arresting historical details that distinguish the authors from the run of pop social scientists.” (New York Times)
“An addictive, irresistible crash course in the populist application of economics.” (The A.V. Club)
“Good ideas ... expressed with panache.” (Financial Times)
From the Back Cover
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the landmark book Freakonomics comes this curated collection from the most readable economics blog in the universe. It’s the perfect solution for the millions of readers who love all things Freakonomics. Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty, When to Rob a Bank demonstrates the brilliance that has made the Freakonomics guys an international sensation, with more than 7 million books sold in 40 languages, and 150 million downloads of their Freakonomics Radio podcast.
When Freakonomics was first published, the authors started a blog—and they’ve kept it up. The writing is more casual, more personal, even more outlandish than in their books. In When to Rob a Bank, they ask a host of typically off-center questions: Why don’t flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?
Over the past decade, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Freakonomics.com. Many of them, they freely admit, were rubbish. But now they’ve gone through and picked the best of the best. You’ll discover what people lie about, and why; the best way to cut gun deaths; why it might be time for a sex tax; and, yes, when to rob a bank. (Short answer: never; the ROI is terrible.) You’ll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner’s own quirks and passions, from gambling and golf to backgammon and the abolition of the penny.
Top Customer Reviews
If you are expecting to thoroughly understand when to rob a bank or the cost of fearing strangers, then you should look elsewhere. This book is more of a piece of memorabilia that marks the 10th anniversary of the Freakonomics brand (the original book was published in 2005). The same way that die hard Harry Potter fans might purchase J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997-2013, and fans of the Andy Griffith Show might purchase Mayberry Memories: The Andy Griffith Show Photo Album, fans of Freakonomics should buy this book to have a look behind the scenes of the mindset of the authors. Plus there are little bonuses along the way.
Now, most of this book, if not all of this book is from their blog. Which means most of this book, if not all of this book is available online. For free.Read more ›
However, I'm not as impressed with this book as I have been in the past. I'm not a fan of recycled material (though they do expand on certain pieces). If you don't know, this book is basically post from their blog (hand picked). The posts are of course great posts and if you haven't read them then you'll likely very much enjoy this book. If you're like me and you read their blog, listen to their podcast, then this book may not blow you away.
I still really like these two guys and want to support what they do so I bought the book. :)
And fairness to the negative Reviews here, every entry in this book is freely available on Levitt and Dubner's blog. Their rationale resonates with me. Dubner was driving in Maine when he came upon a gigantic Poland Spring bottling plant. "Dubner had always thought it strange that so many people would pay good money for a bottle of water. And yet they do, to the tune of roughly $100 billion a year."
Levitt and Dubner often wondered why they kept writing their blog -- now starting its eleventh year. They decided it was because "our readers liked reading the blog, and we loved our readers." From time to time, folks would suggest they turn the blog into a book. "This struck us as a colossally dumb idea ..." until Dubner came across that gigantic Poland Spring bottling plant.
"Suddenly a book of blog post didn't seem so dumb. So in the tradition of Poland Spring, Evian and other hydro-geniuses, we've decided to bottle something that was freely available and charge you money for it. To be fair, we did go to the trouble of reading through the whole blog and picking out the best material."
So there you have it: read this material for free on their blog -- or buy the book and carry it with you on your smart phone, and dip into the book whenever you have a spare minute. [Meanwhile, I carry a few empty Poland Spring bottles in my car and fill them up with delicious New York City water whenever my supply gets low.Read more ›
Still, it's interesting if you haven't read them before.
It's a good read, and you'll chuckle. What more do you want?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good book but just fyi this is a collection of their blog posts which are posted online.Published 13 days ago by victor patel
This is a collection of blog posts written by the authors over several years. It covers a wide array of topics. Read morePublished 17 days ago by SC23
Really it's just a collection of the better articles from their blog, so you can read that and save some money. Read morePublished 27 days ago by M. Erdman
This is a good book for Freakonomics fans. If you want to become a fan, read the "regular" books first or subscribe to their podcasts.Published 29 days ago by PilotPatriot
Not up to the level of the Freakonomics books, but still an interesting read.Published 1 month ago by Rex Bare
Same insight and humor as Freakonomics, but in short bursts. It is just repackaging of their blog, but that's not a problem if you don't subscribe to that.Published 1 month ago by Clay Yearsley
Nothing spectacular in here but definitely worth the casual reading if you like the other stuff these two put out.Published 1 month ago by Sam Craparo