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  • Published: 5 June 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141019017
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

Freakonomics


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Assume nothing, question everything.
This is the message at the heart of Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner's rule-breaking, iconoclastic book about crack dealers, cheating teachers and bizarre baby names that turned everyone's view of the world upside-down and became an international multi-million-copy-selling phenomenon.
'Prepare to be dazzled' Malcolm Gladwell
'A sensation ... you'll be stimulated, provoked and entertained. Of how many books can that be said?' Sunday Telegraph
'Has you chuckling one minute and gasping in amazement the next' Wall Street Journal
'Dazzling ... a delight' Economist
'Made me laugh out loud' Scotland on Sunday
%%%Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner's Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is the cult bestseller that will show you a totally new way of seeing the world.



What do estate agents and the Ku Klux Klan have in common?

Why do drug dealers live with their mothers?

What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?

How can your name affect how well you do in life?



The answer: Freakonomics. It's at the heart of everything we do and the things that affect us daily, from sex to crime, parenting to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. And it's all about using information about the world around us to get to the heart of what's really happening under the surface of everyday life.



Now updated with the authors' New York Times columns and blog entries!



'A phenomenon' Observer

'Non-stop fun' Evening Standard

'Brilliant ... you'll be stimulated, provoked and entertained. Of how many books can that be said?' Sunday Telegraph



Steven Levitt, the man with 'the most interesting mind in America' (Malcolm Gladwell), is the rogue economist whose controversial ideas have caused a sensation on both sides of the Atlantic. In Freakonomics he joins forces with Stephen Dubner, New York Times and New Yorker journalist and bestselling author of Turbulent Souls and Confessions of a Hero Worshipper, to create a gripping, revolutionary new take on the world.
%%%Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner's Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is the cult bestseller that will show you a totally new way of seeing the world.
What do estate agents and the Ku Klux Klan have in common?
Why do drug dealers live with their mothers?
What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
How can your name affect how well you do in life?
The answer: Freakonomics. It's at the heart of everything we do and the things that affect us daily, from sex to crime, parenting to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. And it's all about using information about the world around us to get to the heart of what's really happening under the surface of everyday life.
Now updated with the authors' New York Times columns and blog entries!
'A phenomenon' Observer
'Non-stop fun' Evening Standard
'Brilliant ... you'll be stimulated, provoked and entertained. Of how many books can that be said?' Sunday Telegraph

  • Pub date: 5 June 2006
  • ISBN: 9780141019017
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Authors

Stephen Dubner

Stephen J. Dubner lives in New York City. He writes for the New York Times and the New Yorker, and is the bestselling author of Turbulent Souls and Confessions of a Hero-Worshipper.In August 2003 Dubner wrote a profile in New York Times magazine. The extraordinary response that article received - from readers, the rest of the media and organizations including even the CIA and the Pentagon - led to a remarkable collaboration between journalist and rogue economist. Freakonomics is the eagerly anticipated result.

Steven Levitt

Steven D. Levitt teaches economics at the University of Chicago and is editor of the Journal of Political Economy. His idiosyncratic economic research into areas as varied as guns and game shows has made headlines and triggered debate in the media and academic circles. He recently received the American Economic Association's John Bates Clark Medal, which is awarded every two years to the best American economist under forty.


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