Book Review – Freakonomics

Freakonomics

About The Book:

This super-interesting fact-explosive ultra-awesome read called "Freakonomics" combines a sense of healthy curiosity about some of the things that make our world and society tick and how these seemingly simple facts, seen under the all-penetrating sightline of Economics, reveal a weird yet incredible pattern.

Not only does it offer a preliminary idea on how common conventions no longer work and that the scientific and observational wisdom we as a society have come to believe in is wrong or off track, "Freakonomics" takes you through a joy ride of questions and answers that are certain to rattle your personal box of knowledge.

My Review of It:

I mean, think about it… What makes a perfect parent? Where have all the criminals gone? What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How is the Ku Klux Clan like a group of real estate agents?

These are some of the many weirdly worded questions doubling as chapter names in this book and their consequent answers are nothing short of mind-blowing, funny, cool and idea-altering. I personally experienced the meanings behind those words when reading this book many years ago and re-reading it quite recently.

It sure did light a spark in my imagination and made me wonder after how fact is indeed stranger than fiction. Suffice to say I never have and never will see the world the same way again. This book got me interested in the mundane everyday situations in life and I’m now a firm believer that everything’s connected in some wacky way. I’m glad for it because now I won’t get bored so easily.

About The Authors:

Steven D. Levitt is the Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he is also director of The Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. In 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes the most influential economist in America under the age of 40. More recently, he was named one of Time magazine’s "100 People Who Shape Our World." Levitt received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1989, his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1994, and has taught at Chicago since 1997.

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in New York City. In addition to Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, he is the author of Turbulent Souls (Choosing My Religion), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper, and a children’s book, The Boy With Two Belly Buttons. He has written for publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Time, and his journalism has been anthologized in The Best American Sportswriting, The Best American Crime Writing, and elsewhere. He has 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.

Comments

  1. Nice Book , Love to read it ……….

  2. Nice Review, Well Articulated

  3. The book seems to be great based upon your review….

    • it sure is, usually non-fiction isn’t so great but when I read this book the second time coz I was bored, wow, it made me realize it deserves a review on Lifestylerr. :D

  4. Richard says:

    Josh, Nice review. And what Harsh means is that ‘the book sounds like a great catch coz of ur review’ – I’m guessing. :D

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