Vote Your Conscience

Time Out New York is the magazine that people buy when they’re visiting New York and want to know where to go and what to see. (It’s a British import but has been here at least 10 years by now; secret confession: my family and many other New Yorkers use it too, all the time.)

This week, T.O.N.Y. is running a contest called “The Ultimate N.Y. Book Bracket,” where readers can choose which books are “most essential to life — and cocktail conversation — in New York City.” The fun part is that the contest is set up as an elimination bracket (think the NCAA basketball tournament), so there will be many victories and many defeats.

Freakonomics is in the running (although rendered as “Freakomics”), and in the first round we go up against a toughie: Tom Friedman‘s hugely influential The World Is Flat. Friedman, like Levitt, is from Minneapolis; Friedman is a N.Y. Times employee, as I used to be. Since we have so much in common, a vote for one book would seem to be just as good as a vote for the other. So you might as well just vote for us.


mathking

Read "The World is Flat" before voting. It is simply not in the same league as "Freakonomics" in either economic insight or writing style. One of the real pleasures of "Freakonomics" is the fact that it is an easy read stylistically. Any book that can make economics and statistics fun to read has to be doing something right. If it can also make you think more deeply about things it is also doing something right.

On that basis: Freakonomics - 2 The World is Flat - 0

techgal

You definitely have my vote! Freakonomics is one book that I simply couldn't put down. It is certainly one that makes you think outside the box.

Thank you for creating this incredible book as well as this wonderful community here at the blog.

Andy Perrin

(although rendered as “Freakomics”)

And not to be confused with "Free Comics"...

minderbender

Read this before voting:

http://www.buffalobeast.com/73/feature4.htm

coder

Well i am trying to read the english version of that book, but i am wondering if it will be available in other languages, and my native of course too :)

mathking

Read "The World is Flat" before voting. It is simply not in the same league as "Freakonomics" in either economic insight or writing style. One of the real pleasures of "Freakonomics" is the fact that it is an easy read stylistically. Any book that can make economics and statistics fun to read has to be doing something right. If it can also make you think more deeply about things it is also doing something right.

On that basis: Freakonomics - 2 The World is Flat - 0

techgal

You definitely have my vote! Freakonomics is one book that I simply couldn't put down. It is certainly one that makes you think outside the box.

Thank you for creating this incredible book as well as this wonderful community here at the blog.

Andy Perrin

(although rendered as "Freakomics")

And not to be confused with "Free Comics"...

minderbender

Read this before voting:

http://www.buffalobeast.com/73/feature4.htm

coder

Well i am trying to read the english version of that book, but i am wondering if it will be available in other languages, and my native of course too :)