Saturday, December 16

Book Review of Superfreakonomics

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“SuperFreakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Those who know me well will find it hilarious that I read an economics book but I actually read two, kind of.  I read these guys’ first book, “Freakonomics” and loved it and though it is technically an economics book, it isn’t in the traditional sense of economics and you don’t have to be math-minded to find this absolutely fascinating or to understand it.  I have to say that personally, I preferred “Freakonomics” to this follow up book, partly because it was such a new concept to me at the time and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the reading and the learning, and partly because the topics covered in that book just fit better with my personal interests. 

“SuperFreakonomics” dealt a fair bit with environmental concepts such as global warming.  Climate change is a pretty hot topic and I thought I had heard almost everything there was to hear on the subject but “Superfreakonomics” did have a different and interesting spin and perspective.  The book does have a variety of other topics as well though.

Now as if it were not shocking enough that this is now the second economics book I have read, my favorite chapter in this second book was the one about prostitution!  I did not previously know very much on this topic or ever give prostitution much thought, but I found that chapter completely fascinating, kind of like an “everything you didn’t even know that you didn’t know” about prostitution.  The book makes you re-think certain things and look at things in a new way.  Some of the information I did already know but some of it is so fresh and super interesting.  People interest me…the whys of why they do things and these books address that quite a bit.

Though really you are reading this book for the information, I have to point out that these guys are good writers.  They have a style that flows well and the facts are there but there is also a “storytelling voice” way about the books that draws you in and keeps you entertained.  Their facts are obviously well researched but they also point out obscure little details about the researchers themselves that makes the whole thing come together in a way that makes you actually care about these facts.

Though I did prefer Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner’s first book, “Freakonomics”, there were enough interesting facts in this book to hold my attention and I do feel that it gave me new knowledge.  To read my review of “Freakonomics”, please visit


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