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  • Published: 27 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141030708
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 270
  • RRP: $24.99

Superfreakonomics

Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicidebombers Should Buy Life Insurance


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The international bestselling Freakquel to Levitt and Dubner's Freakonomics, this book sees them looking deeper, questioning harder and uncovering even more hidden truths about our world, from global cooling to patriotic prostitutes, drunk walking to why suicide bombers should buy life insurance.
'Mind-blowing' Wall Street Journal
'Page-turning, politically incorrect and ever-so-slightly intoxicating, like a large swig of tequila' The Times
'Like Freakonomics but better ... you are guaranteed a good time' Financial Times
'Great fun ... Levitt is a master at drawing counter-intuitive conclusions' Sunday Times
'Studded with intriguing examples' Daily Telegraph
%%%Sequel to the international bestseller Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's Superfreakonomics is an irresistible look at the counterintuitive science of everyday life.



The Freakquel is here. In Superfreakonomics Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner look deeper, question harder and uncover even more hidden truths about our world, from terrorism to shark attacks, cable TV to hurricanes. They ask, among other things:



What's a sure-fire way to catch a terrorist?

Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?

Which cancer does chemotherapy work best for?

Why is combating global warming easier than we think?



Sometimes, the most superfreaky solution is the simplest.



'Travels further than its predecessor ... Levitt is a master at drawing counter-intuitive conclusions' Sunday Times



'Fascinating ... studded with intriguing examples' Daily Telegraph



'Like Freakonomics, but better ... you are guaranteed a good time' Financial Times



'Page-turning, politically incorrect and ever-so-slightly intoxicating, like a large swig of tequila' The Times



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



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 of Levitt in The New York Times magazine. The extraordinary response that article received led to a remarkable collaboration.
%%%Sequel to the international bestseller Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's Superfreakonomics is an irresistible look at the counterintuitive science of everyday life.
The Freakquel is here. In Superfreakonomics Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner look deeper, question harder and uncover even more hidden truths about our world, from terrorism to shark attacks, cable TV to hurricanes. They ask, among other things:
What's a sure-fire way to catch a terrorist?
Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness?
Which cancer does chemotherapy work best for?
Why is combating global warming easier than we think?
Sometimes, the most superfreaky solution is the simplest.
'Travels further than its predecessor ... Levitt is a master at drawing counter-intuitive conclusions' Sunday Times
'Fascinating ... studded with intriguing examples' Daily Telegraph
'Like Freakonomics, but better ... you are guaranteed a good time' Financial Times
'Page-turning, politically incorrect and ever-so-slightly intoxicating, like a large swig of tequila' The Times

  • Pub date: 27 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780141030708
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 270
  • 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.


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