Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner -- Guest Review
About the Book
Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.
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About the Authors
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.
Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and TV and radio personality. In addition to "Freakonomics," "SuperFreakonomics," and "Think Like a Freak," his books include "Turbulent Souls" (also published as "Choosing My Religion"), "Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper," and "The Boy With Two Belly Buttons," a children's book. He is the host of "Freakonomics Radio," an award-winning podcast and public-radio show; he also hosted the NFL Network show "Football Freakonomics," which was nominated for an Emmy. Dubner's journalism has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in "The Best American Sports Writing," "The Best American Crime Writing," and elsewhere. He taught English at Columbia University (while receiving an M.F.A. there), played in a rock band (which started at Appalachian State University, where he was an undergrad, and was later signed to Arista Records), and, as a writer, was first published at the age of 11, in Highlights for Children. He lives in New York City with his wife, the documentary photographer Ellen Binder, and their two delicious children.
Review by Jacob Anderson
Freakonommics is a fantastic example of economic theory branching into sociology and storytelling. While some of the analysis is subjected to criticism the principals remain constant. My favorite principals were correlation is not causation and incentives matter. I would highly recommend this book to late teens and adults that want to explore analytical thinking.
Genre: Non fiction
Literary Awards: Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Adult Nonfiction (2006), Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Nominee for Shortlist (2005), The Quill Award for Business (2005)
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication date: April 12, 2005
Number of pages: 336
Content Rating: PG-13 Abortion and crack dealers are discussed at length. The dialog includes quotes
that have profanities.
Book Rating: 5 stars
A review copy of this book was provided by the local public library.
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