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FREAKONOMICS: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Why do drug dealers live at home? Levitt (Economics/Univ. of Chicago) and Dubner (Confessions of a Hero Worshiper, 2003, etc.), who profiled Levitt for the New York Times, team up to demolish conventional wisdom.To call Levitt a "rogue economist" may be a tad hyperbolic. Certainly this epitome of antistyle ("his appearance is High Nerd: a plaid button-down shirt, nondescript khakis and a braided ... Read full review

Review: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Robert Finn

The authors of this wideranging and unconventional book seem almost proud to announce that it has no single unifying theme. It is, they proclaim in their subtitle, about "everything." Dare a humble book reviewer suggest that they are wrong? One motif that runs consistently through their book is a disdain and skepticism about "experts" in general whether pollsters, real estate agents, law ... Read full review

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User Review  - benuathanasia - LibraryThing

Many of Levitt's claims are fantastical, and given the amount of evidence in stark contrast to at least one of Levitt's favorite "can you believe it" topics (abortion and crime) it's hard to believe ... Read full review

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User Review  - engpunk77 - LibraryThing

Interesting and enjoyable. My favorites were the cheating teachers and the two abortion law stories. I really didn't believe that teachers cheated, and it was exciting to see them caught in the act by ... Read full review

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User Review  - dawsong - LibraryThing

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner NonFiction If you think that statistics are cold and downright boring, Freakonomics ... Read full review

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User Review  - MartinBodek - LibraryThing

Having read this, I now understand why half the people on the subway are poring it over (the other half are reading the Steig Larsson books). The book is fascinating, eye-opening, layer-peeling ... Read full review

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User Review  - LauraCLM - LibraryThing

It is impossible to finish this book without becoming annoying at parties. There's a real joy in deflating old tropes and assumptions and this does so. A good read and education. Read full review

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User Review  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

Very interesting analysis of how some data tells us different answers than we expect to hear. We often see what we look for, this book asks us to look at things from a different perspective. Read full review

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User Review  - Heather_Arrington - LibraryThing

A good overview and explanation of lots of things we have all wondered about. Read full review

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

An actuarial treasure trove. Read full review

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