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SUPERFREAKONOMICS
January 25, 2011, 10:46 pm
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SuperFreakonomics : -Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

The sequel to the book Freakonomics (which I have yet to read), by  authors Levitt and Dubner where they explore different ways in which the world works against what they have been trying to accomplish. For example in the very first chapter entitled “Chapter 1: How a street prostitute is like a department store Santa” the authors talk about  how laws that have been passed to reduce gender discrimination in the workplace actually help males get into traditionally female jobs because of the now higher wages. That is just one example of what this book talks about.

Personally,  I found this book quite interesting although there were times in which I found myself disappointed in what a chapter was about. For example if my personal convictions ran against what they, the authors, had mistakenly taken to be the truth; then I would grow weary of reading what they had to say.

If you are looking for a book that explores many things including altruism and human apathy, how monkeys can learn to use money, and how the authors actually believe that Al Gore knows something about the environment (I mean really how preposterous) then you would enjoy this book. I can say that this is a dry read but I do not regret reading it.

-Daniel Giovanni Buxton (Class of 2013)

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