Book Recommendation: SuperFreakonomics

“Most of us want to fix or change the world in some fashion.  But to change the world, you first have to understand it.”

-Steven D. Levitt-

“I’m a writer.  I’ve been a journalist for my whole adult life.”

-Stephen Dubner-



Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Original Publication: October 20, 2009

Reprint Publication: May 11, 2011

Page Number: 320

This is the follow-up to their popular first book called Freakonomics.  It is written by the same people who wrote Freakonomics.  Levitt continues to be an economist and has had some controversy along the way.  Dubner continues to be a writer and journalist.  SuperFreakonomics explores interesting topics as the first book, and did not take much to read it in a short span of time.  The various topics from prostitution, suicide bombers, drunk driving versus drunk walking, hospitals and hand washing practices or should I say lack of, global warming effects and solutions, and altruistic intentions are all included in this book.  I may not have agreed with everything written, but it opened my eyes on entertaining other points of view.  When you factor in the statistics, most of it is pretty self-explanatory.  The evidence shows you are more likely to get hurt walking drunk than driving drunk.  They explain why suicide bombers should be life insurance even though it makes no sense when you think about it. A small group of highly intelligent scientists, inventors, and others who belong to Mensa differ in how to reverse global warming, and it is this part I found most fascinating because it challenged some of my core beliefs.  There is no disputing that science and technology serves a positive purpose for future improvements and longevity for humans and overall survival.  In what paths are taken, this still remains the question.  If you admire people doing all the hard work to provide interesting material that’s easy to read, this is the book for you.


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