Superfreakonomics

Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

By Steven D. Levitt; Stephen J. Dubner
William Morrow & Company, Hardcover, 9780060889579, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 20, 2009

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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:

  • How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa?
  • Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?
  • How much good do car seats do?
  • What's the best way to catch a terrorist?
  • Did TV cause a rise in crime?
  • What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common?
  • Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?
  • Can eating kangaroo save the planet?
  • Which adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor?

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.




About the Author
STEVEN LEVITT is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and an editor of "The Journal of Political Economy". In January 2004 the American Economic Association awarded him the John Bates Clark medal, a prize honouring the economist under 40 who made the greatest contribution to the discipline.

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.



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.



NPR
Saturday, Dec 5, 2009

In October, SuperFreakonomics author Steve Levitt spoke with host Scott Simon and outlined some provocative ideas for addressing the problem of global warming, like pumping sulfur dioxide into the upper atmosphere to cool down the earth. The Union of Concerned Scientists took issue, and Levitt is back to discuss his ideas with Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy for the UCS. More at NPR.org

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Saturday, Oct 17, 2009

In the follow-up to his best-selling book, Freakonomics, Steven Levitt applies economic theory to more nontraditional topics, including solutions to global warming and the price of oral sex. Host Scott Simon talks with Levitt about his new book, Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance. More at NPR.org

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