Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Super Freakonomics review by Jonathan S.

Super Freakonomics

by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Review by Jonathan S.

Super Freakonomics was a book about interesting statistics and economics. For instance, did you know that it’s more dangerous to walk a mile drunk than to drive a mile drunk? That is the type of thing you’d find in Super Freakonomics, but some things are much stranger than that! There are five chapters in the book, although there isn’t a solid topic in any of the chapters; the topic jumps around like a kangaroo with its feet on fire. There isn’t an actual plot to the book either. This is because this book just talks about bizarre things in economics. Despite not having a plot, this is one of the most riveting books I’ve ever read.

The authors of Super Freakonomics are almost as interesting as the book itself. Mr. Levitt is an Economist, and Mr. Dubner helped him write a book about bizarre things only an economist would know. They wrote a book (it’s called Freakonomics) and due to the book’s success, a sequel was created. I read the sequel, but not the original. It really doesn’t matter what order you read the books, or if you read both of them or just one, because, besides a few references to the first book in the sequel, the two books don’t correspond much at all. This book covers a wide range of topics, from why car seats are a waste to a relatively cheap solution to global warming. It’s amazing how well the chapters go from one topic to the next. It isn’t choppy either and it’s as smooth as whipped cream.

This book has some inappropriate parts, but I tried to avoid those. There weren’t many inappropriate parts though, and I was able to read most of the book, and I loved the whole thing. This book uses some advanced language, so if you’re not the best at reading, I wouldn’t recommend this book. Also, the authors use a dry, sarcastic approach to most of the topics, so if you don’t like that type of humor, you probably won’t enjoy this book. Despite these few things, Super Freakonomics was a great book, and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes strange yet interesting statistics.

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