Now Reading – SuperFreakonomics


As I mentioned in my It’s Library Time! post, I have checked out Steven D. Levitt’s and Stephen J. Dubner’s SuperFreakonomics from the library.  I also mentioned this book in my post For Further Reading – Capital Inspired Edition.  As I mentioned previously, this book is not listed in my 2011 reading goals list, but I’m continuing, for at least one more book, to go off the grid from my list.

Now that I’ve completed my reading of Freakonomics, I feel I’m definitely ready to tackle SuperFreaknomics and hoping that I enjoy this book as much as the previous one.  I’m also hoping for just as fun of a read!

I’ve checked out the hardcover version of this book from the library, and here’s what the inside jacket has to say:

Four years in the making, SuperFreaknomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones:  What’s more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk?  Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it’s so ineffective?  Can a sex change boost your salary?

SuperFreaknomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as:

  • How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa?
  • Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?
  • How much good do car seats do?
  • What’s the best way to catch a terrorist?
  • Did TV cause a rise in crime?
  • What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common?
  • Are people hardwired for altruism or selfishness?
  • Can eating a kangaroo save the planet?
  • Who adds more value: a pimp or a realtor?

Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically.  By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is – good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, superfreaky.

Freakonomics has been imitated many times over – but only now, with SuperFreakonomics, has it met its match.

I take that back, this book sounds like it’s going to be a much more delightful read than Freakonomics.  Well, I’ll find out soon enough!  If you’ve read SuperFreaknomics or even Freakonomics, I’d love to hear from you!

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Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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