SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

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9 Critic Reviews

They baldly point out in their introduction that they could have rushed an inferior sequel into print before now. That makes SuperFreakonomics’ novelty vacuum particularly infuriating.
-AV Club

Synopsis

Superfreakonomics—the smash hit follow-up to the remarkable New York Times bestselling phenomenon Freakonomics—is back in a new full-color, fully illustrated and expanded edition. The brainchild of rogue economist Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner that once again brilliantly challenges our view of the way the world really works is presented with a new, visual, superfreaky dimension added, enhancing the already provocative thinking about street prostitutes, hurricanes, heart attacks, and other seemingly mundane matters that made Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics part of the national zeitgeist.

 

About Steven D. Levitt

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Steven D. Levitt is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most influential economist under the age of forty.
 
Published September 30, 2009 by William Morrow. 300 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for SuperFreakonomics
All: 9 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 6

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Larry Elliott on Nov 13 2009

...Superfreakonomics is so 2005. The world has moved on since then.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by David Runciman on Oct 24 2009

It says something that the real puzzle this book leaves you with is wondering about the skewed incentives that led two such talented people to write a book that does so little justice to those talents.

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Blog Critics

Good
Reviewed by Sahar on Nov 16 2009

Written in an easy to read and extremely engaging language, Superfreakonomics is bound to help you think outside of the box...

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Logan Lo on Oct 19 2010

While all the extra material doesn’t really move the overall story along, it certainly adds drama and fits with the generally humorous tone the authors adopt.

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AV Club

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Reviewed by Ellen Wernecke on Oct 22 2009

They baldly point out in their introduction that they could have rushed an inferior sequel into print before now. That makes SuperFreakonomics’ novelty vacuum particularly infuriating.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Gregory D. Hess on Oct 27 2009

Surprisingly, the book left me hopeful that we can tackle seemingly intractable social problems. Human ingenuity is clearly in no short supply in "Super Freakonomics," and we can thank Steve and Steve for making Le Freak still chic.

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Neil Irwin on Nov 15 2009

So instead of offering up a bunch of quirky stories of questionable reliability to make an argument that feels coherent, they offer up contrarianism for its own sake.

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The Telegraph

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Reviewed by Robert Colvile on Oct 27 2009

...SuperFreakonomics is subject to a law as powerful as any in economics: that of diminishing returns.

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Huffington Post

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Reviewed by Melanie Fitzpatrick on Oct 16 2009

The authors...gloss over solutions available now that could help reduce global warming and instead promote a futuristic technology that makes for an interesting read, but, unfortunately, would do nothing to cut pollution now.

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