Jennmarie68, March 11, 2010 (view all comments by Jennmarie68)
Okay when I first read this book a few years ago I had no idea what I was getting ready to read. After reading the book (granted it has been some time) I can at least remember a few ideas of the book.
It didn't take me long to read this, and I actually lent it to a few friends before the dreaded due date (1 star for a quick read). I was surprised at how quick of a read it was. I also remember being surprised that I actually sat through a book that wasn't fiction or a biography/auto-biography, and I wasn't disgusted by the end of it (1 star for being decent).
Sadly however I do not remember a whole lot about the book, other than a few antics and the fact that economic theories can be pertinent to every day life (Subtract 1 star for lack of being memorable). I do remember, however, that I liked the book enough to recommend it to someone else, and that I did enjoy it while I was reading it.
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Steven D Levitt
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William Morrow & Company -
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Forget your image of an economist as a crusty professor worried about fluctuating interest rates: Levitt focuses his attention on more intimate real-world issues, like whether reading to your baby will make her a better student. Recognition by fellow economists as one of the best young minds in his field led to a profile in the New York Times, written by Dubner, and that original article serves as a broad outline for an expanded look at Levitt's search for the hidden incentives behind all sorts of behavior. There isn't really a grand theory of everything here, except perhaps the suggestion that self-styled experts have a vested interest in promoting conventional wisdom even when it's wrong. Instead, Dubner and Levitt deconstruct everything from the organizational structure of drug-dealing gangs to baby-naming patterns. While some chapters might seem frivolous, others touch on more serious issues, including a detailed look at Levitt's controversial linkage between the legalization of abortion and a reduced crime rate two decades later. Underlying all these research subjects is a belief that complex phenomena can be understood if we find the right perspective. Levitt has a knack for making that principle relevant to our daily lives, which could make this book a hit. Malcolm Gladwell blurbs that Levitt 'has the most interesting mind in America,' an invitation Gladwell's own substantial fan base will find hard to resist. 50-city radio campaign." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world."
"The familiar Gladwell manner — a kind of breezy drifting from one entertaining anecdote to the next, floating effortlessly past references to contemporary social-science research — gets recycled here into what can only be called a style of evasive lucidity."
by Wall Street Journal,
"If Indiana Jones were an economist, he'd be Steven Levitt....Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae."
by Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point,
"Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America....Prepare to be dazzled."
"[An] excellent, readable book..."
by Jim Holt, The New York York Times,
"It might appear presumptuous of Steven Levitt to see himself as an all-purpose intellectual detective, fit to take on whatever puzzle of human behavior grabs his fancy. But on the evidence of Freakonomics, the presumption is earned."
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