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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, Bk 1)
Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything - Freakonomics, Bk 1
Author: Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime? — These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060731328
ISBN-10: 006073132X
Publication Date: 5/1/2005
Pages: 242
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Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, Bk 1) on + 239 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 13
Very interesting, one of the few books I found myself arguing with the author simply because the premise seems so ludicrous, but you have to admit, he makes, as sad as it is, a lot of sense. I also like that he gave the "exception to the rule" at the end, made me feel a little validated for reading to my kids every single night *laugh*

A book from a different perspective, everyone should read it.
reviewed Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, Bk 1) on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
Because of this book, I'm graduating from college with a degree in economics. A very interesting way of examining the world, trying to find out the logic behind why people make certain decisions.
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Helpful Score: 8
I know that some of what the books says would be considered very controversial (the connection between abortion and lowered crime rates, for example), but it really does make a lot of sense. The book helped open my eyes to things that I don't normally think about, or if it was a question I had thought of, it made me see the possibilities within that question in a much different way than I had ever really thought of. I can understand why this book is so popular.
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Helpful Score: 7
I read this because of all of the hype. I was not "dazzled", as the blurb on the cover suggested I would be. It wasn't a bad book, I just don't get what the big deal is.

I thought that this was a moderately entertaining book that read more like a series of unrelated articles. I'm not convinced that the conclusions that they came to are of any merit and I don't really care enough about it to do any further research on my own.

It brought up some interesting ideas and I like that this may encourage people to be more unconventional in the the things that they study and the questions that they ask.

Perhaps if I were an economist or a student studying economics, this would feel fresh and groundbreaking. Instead I am just a chick who likes books and I finished this one with a shrug.

If you are an avid reader, go ahead and read it, just be prepared to not be dazzled. Be prepared for an okay read that may be more impressive if you ignore the hype.
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Helpful Score: 5
Very interesting. I expected to hunker down and "learn something" with this book, but found that I read through it as fast as a mindless fiction novel. Topics and thoughts put forth by the author are controversial for sure. His theory about abortion and crime rates is certain to ruffle feathers. But I believe that his conclusions are theories, not necessarily proven truths about why certain phenomena exist in our society. And while I think at first glance his ideas sound discriminating, I can tell he is compassionate about people and interested in understanding how groups of people are affected in a "big picture" kind of way. I definitely learned something about the business of drug marketing. I see this book as less economics and more sociology, although the author himself and sociologists would disagree. It was a very interesting book.
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reviewed Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, Bk 1) on
Interesting, insightful, quick-reading. Provides a different perspective on what you believe to be true.
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Excellent way to look at issues in this world pragmatically in the concept of economics. Would definitely recommend this book as a must read. Finished it in one day. If your one who may always question news and world events that get reported, this book will definitely open your eyes and mind to figure out the angle and ask the further questions that don't get asked.
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Very interesting. This book presents surprising conclusion which are well supported.


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