Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 5, 2006 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
Assume nothing, question everything.This is the message at the heart of Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner's rule-breaking, iconoclastic book about crack dealers, cheating teachers and bizarre baby names that turned everyone's view of the world upside-down and became an international multi-million-copy-selling phenomenon.'Prepare to be dazzled' Malcolm Gladwell'A sensation ... you'll be stimulated, provoked and entertained. Of how many books can that be said?' Sunday Telegraph'Has you chuckling one minute and gasping in amazement the next' Wall Street Journal'Dazzling ... a delight' Economist'Made me laugh out loud' Scotland on Sunday%%%Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner's Freakonomics- A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everythingis the cult bestseller that will show you a totally new way of seeing the world.What do estate agents and the Ku Klux Klan have in common?Why do drug dealers live with their mothers?What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?How can your name affect how well you do in life?The answer- Freakonomics. It's at the heart of everything we do and the things that affect us daily, from sex to crime, parenting to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. And it's all about using information about the world around us to get to the heart of what's really happening under the surface of everyday life.Now updated with the authors' New York Timescolumns and blog entries!'A phenomenon' Observer'Non-stop fun' Evening Standard'Brilliant ... you'll be stimulated, provoked and entertained. Of how many books can that be said?' Sunday TelegraphSteven Levitt, the man with 'the most interesting mind in America' (Malcolm Gladwell), is the rogue economist whose controversial ideas have caused a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. In Freakonomics he joins forces with Stephen Dubner, New York Timesand New Yorkerjournalist and bestselling author of Turbulent Soulsand Confessions of a Hero Worshipper, to create a gripping, revolutionary new take on the world.%%%Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner's Freakonomics- A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everythingis the cult bestseller that will show you a totally new way of seeing the world.What do estate agents and the Ku Klux Klan have in common?Why do drug dealers live with their mothers?What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?How can your name affect how well you do in life?The answer- Freakonomics. It's at the heart of everything we do and the things that affect us daily, from sex to crime, parenting to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. And it's all about using information about the world around us to get to the heart of what's really happening under the surface of everyday life.Now updated with the authors' New York Timescolumns and blog entries!'A phenomenon' Observer'Non-stop fun' Evening Standard'Brilliant ... you'll be stimulated, provoked and entertained. Of how many books can that be said?' Sunday Telegraph

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It's like a Malcolm Gladwell book, but written by economists -- it's definitely got that asshole quality about it where they're like "we're just looking at the numbers! we're the only ones being ... Read full review

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Interesting enough that I got through it pretty quickly, but each chapter was kind of ..unsatisfying. I wasn't shocked or awed by many hypotheses or "revelations" put forth, and I don't know if I came ... Read full review

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Steven D. Levitt (Author) Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark medal, given to the most influential American economist under the age of forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.Stephen J. Dubner (Author) Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career - as an almost-rock-star - to become a writer. He has worked for The New York Timesand published three non-Freakonomics books. He lives with his family in New York City.

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