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Seeing is believing . . . The Smash Hit SuperFreakonomics is now Bigger and Better
SuperFreakonomics was an instant New York Times bestseller that caused a media uproar, continuing the amazing success begun with the groundbreaking, worldwide sensation Freakonomics.
With the Illustrated Edition, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner bring alive their smart thinking and great storytelling with an explosion of visual evidence, including:
- A by-the-numbers tally of a high-priced call girl's career, and a tracking sheet from an intensive survey of Chicago street prostitutes.
- A visual quiz that lets you pit your memory against the memory of a chess grand master.
- Images of the hurricane-killing machine and other geo-engineering inventions described in SuperFreakonomics.
- A look into whether doctors are better at saving lives in TV dramas or in real hospitals.
Whether probing the intricacies of sex change operations, the effectiveness of child car seats, or what really motivates people to do good, the Illustrated Edition of SuperFreakonomics employs photographs, drawings, and graphs that will lead readers to see the world in a bold, fresh way.
This full-color illustrated and expanded edition of the "New York Times" bestseller adds a visual, superfreaky dimension to the already provocative thinking that made "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics" part of the national zeitgeist.
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.
For its 40th anniversary, this beloved tale of romance and adventure is given a beautifuland#160; four-color illustrated treatment.
Here William Goldmanandrsquo;s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers finally receives a beautiful illustrated treatment.
A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beastsandmdash;The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.
As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchman, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she'll meet Vizziniandmdash;the criminal philosopher who'll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzikandmdash;the gentle giant; Inigoandmdash;the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugenandmdash;the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercupandrsquo;s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.
About the 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 forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.
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 since taught English at Columbia, worked for The New York Times, and published three non-Freakonomics books.
Table of Contents
Introduction to The 30th Anniversary Edition vii
Introduction to The 25th Anniversary Edition xxix
The Princess Bride 1
Buttercupand#8217;s Baby: An Explanation 365
Buttercupand#8217;s Baby, Chapter One: Fezzik Dies 391