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Reviews for SuperFreakonomics

SuperFreakonomics reviewed

“This book is a lot like Freakonomics, but better… Levitt and Dubner have a gift for explaining precisely how a researcher discovers something. Their epilogue, on Keith Chen’s attempts to introduce currency to a monkey society, is a model of how to tell a gripping story of scientific research without compromising on accuracy.” Financial Times

The Secrets of SuperFreakonomics

SuperFreakonomics is more a story about people than about new ideas. What drives the people behind these ideas to take conventional wisdom and turn it completely on its head. My conclusion after reading the book: optimism.” The Wall Street Journal

SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

“Another rollercoaster ride across the terrain of the improbable … Superfreakonomics is a humdinger of a book: page-turning, politically incorrect and ever-so-slightly intoxicating, like a large swig of tequila.” The Times (UK)

SuperFreakonomics: Global solutions so crazy, they just might work

“Brave, bracing and beautifully contrarian. Don’t go to the water cooler without it.”New York Post

From Macro to Freako

“It’s very good — jauntier and more assured than their first.” TIME

Walking under the influence and other dangers

Superfreakonomics ingeniously and imaginatively renders data so that we are startled to see the unlikely and unforeseeable in what on second glance seems so obvious.” The Vancouver Sun

The dismal science can be great fun — just chill out and follow the plot

“There’s no doubt: it’s a page-turner. Levitt and Dubner’s discoveries are as exciting as any detective fiction … SuperFreakonomics, perhaps surprisingly, is immune from one economic law — that of diminishing marginal returns.” Irish Examiner

SuperFreakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. DubnerThe Los Angeles Times

SuperFreakonomics — It all adds upPalo Alto Daily News

Here’s another phoney war: the one on climate changeThe Independent

SuperFreakonomics was named one of the best books of 2009 by Bloomberg, the Japan Times, and iDiva. Their new book helped cement Levitt and Dubner’s place on the National Post‘s list of the top ten smartest people of the 2000’s.

SuperFreakonomics Features

‘Asking people to reduce their carbon emissions is a noble invitation, but as incentives go, it isn’t a strong one’

Superfreakonomics, the book you can’t take home to mother St. Petersburg Times

Freakonomics, Inc. Portfolio

Kill our cows – and save the planet Telegraph

Go figure The Australian

SuperFreakonomics Video

Dubner on the Bonnie Hunt Show, Feb. 17, 2010 (part 1) (part 2)

Animated version of Levitt and Dubner’s Nov., 2009 lecture at the RSA, London, U.K.

Levitt and Dubner on C-SPAN, Oct. 26, 2009

Levitt on The Daily Show, Oct. 27, 2009

Dubner on Campbell Brown, Nov. 3, 2009

Dubner on Channel 4, Nov. 9, 2009

Levitt and Dubner on BBC2, Nov. 10, 2009

Levitt on Reuters UK, Nov. 10, 2009

Levitt on Telegraph TV, Nov. 12, 2009

Dubner on BBC Radio 4, January 1, 2010

Reviews for Freakonomics

Freakonomics has been named among the 100 best books of the ’00s by the Times (UK), The Telegraph, The Omaha World-Herald, AltDaily, Seeking Alpha, Indigo,, and The Onion.

When Numbers Solve a Mystery

“If Indiana Jones were an economist, he’d be Steven Levitt … His genius is to take a seemingly meaningless set of numbers, ferret out the telltale pattern and recognize what it means … The cherry on top of the sundae is Mr. Levitt’s co-author, Stephen Dubner, a journalist who clearly understands what he is writing about and explains it in prose that has you chuckling one minute and gasping in amazement the next.”The Wall Street Journal

Why the Ordinary Is Anything But

“This book is a brilliant, provocative investigation into motives: what they are, how they can be changed, and how they affect what people do. It is also a deceptively easy read: its style is so light, its tone so sunny and humorous, that it is hard to realise the extent to which the arguments in Freakonomics attack some of our most basic assumptions about the way people, and society, work.”The Sunday Telegraph

Freak OutThe Weekly Standard

Everything He Always Wanted To Know The New York Times

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything —A.V. Club

Unconventional Wisdom TIME

Freakonomics Features

The Bagel Seller and a Quirky New Take on Economics

“When I meet Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner in the Covent Garden Hotel, they waste no time in pulling me upstairs to the bar …‘Look,’ Dubner exclaims as he pulls open the door, ‘it’s an honesty bar. You remember the bagel man? Well, here you just pick something out and have to declare your room number. Hey, Ed you have to have something. Beer? Japanese Beer? Red Bull? I’m gonna put a stranger’s room number down.’ While Dubner is making mischief with the system, Levitt examines the prices, before declaring: ‘Interesting … Mine’s the cheapest.’ It’s an appropriate introduction to the pair: the bookish and taciturn Levitt applying economic theory to everyday life; Dubner enthusing and proselytising on his behalf. Somehow, they have conspired to make statistics almost hip.” Telegraph

Economics: Sexiest Trade Alive

“There’s no doubt that Freakonomics did its part in glamorizing the trade. The book … is poised to inspire a slew of splashy knockoffs. Levitt and Dubner are planning a new book of their own, tentatively titled—what else?—Superfreakonomics. They’re also enjoying the spoils that come with hotness: regular TV gigs on Good Morning America, World News Tonight and Nightline, as well as a newly commissioned documentary. ‘I’m thrilled to be Levitt’s collaborator,’ says Dubner. ‘So if the price is that he’s deemed the sexy one, that’s all right with me.’” Newsweek

Odd Numbers
An early profile by Tim Harford, the U.K.’s famed “Undercover Economist.” Financial Times

‘Freakonomics’: A New York Times Writer and a Rogue Economist Explore the Hidden Side of Everything
A real-time Q&A with Dubner, covering the irrationality of voting and the generosity of Jon Stewart. The Washington Post

TIME 100: The People Who Shape Our World
Levitt lands a coveted spot on Time’s list, alongside the Pope, Bill Clinton, and Daddy Yankee. TIME

TBR: Inside the List
Freakonomics approaches a freaky record: one of the longest-reigning books on the N.Y. Times best-seller list despite never having reached No. 1. The New York Times

CSI: Economics
David Warsh, one of the most literate economics writers alive, lays out the factors that he believes made Freakonomics a success. —