Out on May 12, 2014!
Levitt and Dubner take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally – to think, that is, like a Freak. They offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. As always, no topic is off-limits. They range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria. Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such revolutionary thinkers been so revealing – and so much fun to read. Read More.
The illustrated version of SuperFreakonomics, created in collaboration with the design firm Number 17, is an oversized edition that takes the original book and explodes it with hundreds of photos, illustrations, charts, and other tantalizing extras.
Four years in the making, SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questions but the unexpected ones: What's more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it's so ineffective? Can a sex change boost your salary? And what's the smartest way to think about global warming? Published in 2009, SuperFreakonomics was an instant world-wide best-seller, debuting at No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list.
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime? Published in 2005, Freakonomics became an instant worldwide cultural phenomenon, and spent more than two years in hardcover on the N.Y. Times best-seller list. It has sold more than 5.5 million copies and has been translated into 35 languages.