- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: William Morrow & Company (2009)
- ASIN: B002UOHY30
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (880 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,695,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance (Hardcover) Unknown Binding – 2009
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In short, I loved it, although not quite as much as the first one.
Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner have written an amusing and readable book. It's full of anecdotes and whimsical stories without ever seriously veering from the science of microeconomics which is its basis. The two Steves have researched an array of topics from street prostitution, to hospital deaths in the 19the century before opining upon global warming and how it might be resolved if, indeed, it is a problem. It's this final point that I particularly loved. Global warming has become a modern religion. It has its own dogmas and turns a blind eye to anyone who questions the "rules". I am quite confident that, in due course, global warming will be solved but it won't be by the naïve and cack handed solutions that greens put forward. It will be economics that comes to the rescue. This has always been the history of the world and I see no reason why this should change now.
Perhaps the most pleasant feature of "SuperFreakonomics" (and its predecessor "Freakonomics") is that it brings economics away from the realm of stuffy ivory towered professors and their arcane theories and formulas. Instead, economics is presented as something to enjoy. This is the book's real strength. I can only hope that this technique has introduced economics to a wider audience.
However, before finishing up, I find myself wondering which of the "case studies" amused me the most. I think it was the story about travel in New York City and how horses caused more deaths per capita than cars. It's ironic then that the car is seen as the work of the devil by some when, in fact, it has been a great liberator of the human race. Yes, "SuperFreakonomics" is a great read. Read it and enjoy.
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Well written! I enjoyed the humor and was engaged by the stories that made the larger points.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, even better than their first. I liked the focus on climate change, tornados and other cheap and simple scientific solutions to global problems. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty much the same idea as the first book. Easy and fun to read and understand but the examples are different. Read morePublished 29 days ago by A7sus4
Very interesting and practical, makes you think of the obvious in a different way.Published 1 month ago by Kay Hart