Challenging the way we view the world again! Levitt and Dubner open up new ways of thinking about pimps, global climate change, organ donation and drunk driving. A welcome, well researched, amusing follow- up to the smash hit Freakonomics. Who knew statistics could be so much fun?— Shannon, Chicago
The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling over four million copies in thirty-five languages and changing the way we look at the world. Now, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first.
Four years in the making, SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones: What's more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it's so ineffective? Can a sex change boost your salary?
SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as:
Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, super freaky.
Freakonomics has been imitated many times over but only now, with SuperFreakonomics, has it met its match.
STEPHEN J. DUBNER is the author of "Confessions of a Hero Worshiper" and "Turbulent Souls", and is a former writer and editor at the "New York Times Magazine", where in 2003 he wrote the cover story about Steven Levitt that launched "Freakonomics". He lives in New York City with his family.