Freakonomics Rev Ed Book Reviews

Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics Rev Ed by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner Book Summary

The legendary bestseller that made millions look at the world in a radically different way returns in a new edition, now including an exclusive discussion between the authors and bestselling professor of psychology Angela Duckworth.

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Which should be feared more: snakes or french fries? Why do sumo wrestlers cheat? In this groundbreaking book, leading economist Steven Levitt—Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and winner of the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark medal for the economist under 40 who has made the greatest contribution to the discipline—reveals that the answers. Joined by acclaimed author and podcast host Stephen J. Dubner, Levitt presents a brilliant—and brilliantly entertaining—account of how incentives of the most hidden sort drive behavior in ways that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

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Book Name Freakonomics Rev Ed
Genre Economics
Language English
E-Book Size 2.39 MB

Freakonomics Rev Ed (Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner) Book Reviews 2024

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Great book; a must-read. I never would've guessed I'd get hooked on an economics book for my bedtime reading, but I read this on a recommendation and couldn't put it down; this book is well-written, interesting, informative and entertaining. Can see why it was/is a bestseller.

a work in progress.... As one more "fearful" of statistical data than of Analysis, i.e. the calculus, I expected to be not quite in swing with this book. But, surprise, I found it interesting how data is searched for and looked at, sample sets relevant to a given topic are selected and the sometimes unexpected insights gleaned. In this day and age of "info overload" the worth of such sorts of inquiry are obvious, and seem to require a sort of gift for it as well as determination to work it through and look for relevant data in a way a bit different, but perhaps not completely divorced, from going the other way around, i.e. from theoretical mathematics to deduction and investigation of "the fit". My only complaint is it is a little repetitive and just maybe their findings are not always the "complete truth" of a given matter (but better a few "partial truths" than "full false truths"). Half star off for over repetition, but since don't see that option I went with 4 stars, but it's very interesting, enough to look forward to more from said authors and as my "title to review" indicates, I think they do well to continue with their research and write about it.

Incredible. I do not read books. I've probably read 5 in the past 10 years and this book made me want to keep reading more books, which I usually find painful. Great read, very interesting and insightful.

Freakanomics - An Abnormal View of an Irregular World. Freakanomics is a combination of short stories. Each "story" is about a question and the unusual way in which the authors delve into mountains of data, define the question in an answerable form, and arrive at conclusions that are frequently surprising. This book provides excellent examples as to why it is important to consider other options, other outcomes, and to question the "why" of things in our lives. Sometimes the obvious reason is, in fact, not the reason at all. Most of us are not economics experts, nor do most of hold any kid of degree in economics. But many of us would benefit mightily from applying a little thought as to what motivates people in our daily lives to do what they do. Look beyond the obvious, beyond tHe surface. Be discerning. Examine life. And have fun with it.

A great read.... ...for those of use wondering how stats plays into our daily lives.

Super Interesting!. Extraordinary way of rationalizing! It will make you wonder and question about conventional wisdoms :) things are definitely not what they seemed to be.

Filled with Fun Facts. While an interesting read, there was no over arching theme. Each chapter seemed dedicated to some fun fact, but as far as what the reader is supposed to do with the information is up to reader. It may challenge you to take a deeper look at information and have you question commonly accepted notions. I give it two stars because it gives me some good conversation info.

One of the best, most interesting books I've read in the past year!. On the recommendation of a friend, I read the print version of this book and was very surprised. I would never have thought that I would have enjoyed a book on economics this much. When I finished Freakonomics the authors had just released their next book on the subject, Superfreakonomics. I went to the book store and purchased it the same day I finished the first one. If you are looking for an interesting book that will challenge the way you think and make you look at the world in a different way, then I would highly recommend this book.

Amazing!!!. Must I repeat myself?

Amazing. Very out of the box thinking and an amazing read.

Incredibly thought provoking. Fantastic read! It's really a book about incentives, not economics. If you like to think, but this book! If you're in the Incentive Compensation community, you absolutely *must* read this book!

Must Read. Fantastic book, keeps your attention the whole time. Great ideas and theories. High recommend reading. Easy to read and understand.

A great book to provoke more thinking of yourself!!. I have no economist background. However, the book is easy to understand and I was hooked to the book during reading. The book talks about the abortion leads to lower crimes, sensation leads to irrational behavior, and drug dealer and parenting. I do not necessarily agree everything in the book. But this is definitely a good book to provoke my thinking!!!

Make Economics Fun. Read this in print form and highly recommend it. Lovett and Levin do an excellent job of walking you through the economic augments with great wit. You don't need an MBA to enjoy this book...

Freakonomics. Excellent

Ok. Entertaining and insightful in many chapters, others were slower... No real plot... Just jumps from one random subject to another...

Freakconomics. Great read!!!

Satisfying. I’m glad that there are men like Steven Levitt in the world who can use their gifts to think about the mysteries of common society.

Highly Recommended. Freakonomics is an interesting look at a wide variety of phenomenon, using the statistical analysis of economics to prove or disprove the conventional wisdom. I love this book because it puts facts and proof up against theories and feel-good answers. The authors even dwell on politically incorrect topics (linking an increase in abortion to a decrease in crime, and showing that backyard swimming pools kill more children than guns) if that's where the data leads them. This book should be required reading in Journalism school, though I highly recommend it to everyone, regardless of their profession.

Fantastic book. You learn so much

Good read. Not a masterpiece, but a decent, entertaining, and witty collection of real life application of economic analysis.

Very exciting out of the box thinking. The stories in this book excite with their innovative and insightful analysis of cause and effect in our societies!

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Was a bit repetitive. Overall a good read but repeats itself a lot. Not as many interesting stories as I would expected.

Great book!. Opens one's eyes!

Worth the read.. Very entertaining. Great compilation of incredibly original musings regarding topics you would not think to to think about.

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The Freakonomics Rev Ed book written by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner was published on 17 February 2010, Wednesday in the Economics category. A total of 1,021 readers of the book gave the book 4 points out of 5.

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