Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Paperback)

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Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.

About the Author

Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given to the most influential American economist under forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.

Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning journalist and radio and TV personality, has worked for the New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. He is the host of Freakonomics Radio and Tell Me Something I Don't Know.

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career—as an almost rock star—to become a writer. He has since taught English at Columbia, worked for The New York Times, and published three non-Freakonomics books.

Praise For…

“If Indiana Jones were an economist, he’d be Steven Levitt… Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae.”
— Wall Street Journal

“Provocative… eye-popping.”
— New York Times Book Review: Inside the List

“The guy is interesting!”
— Washington Post Book World

“The funkiest study of statistical mechanics ever by a world-renowned economist... Eye-opening and sometimes eye-popping”
— Entertainment Weekly

“Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America... Prepare to be dazzled.”
— Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point

“Principles of economics are used to examine daily life in this fun read.”
— People: Great Reads

“Levitt dissects complex real-world phenomena, e.g. baby-naming patterns and Sumo wrestling, with an economist’s laser.”
— San Diego Union-Tribune

“Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire.”
— Philadelphia Daily News

“Levitt is one of the most notorious economists of our age.”
— Financial Times

“Hard to resist.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way.... This is bracing fun of the highest order.”
— Kurt Andersen, host of public radio's Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century

“Freakonomics was the ‘It’ book of 2005.”
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom.”
— Associated Press

“A showcase for Levitt’s intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics…. There’s plenty of fun to be had.”

“One of the decade’s most intelligent and provocative books.”
— The Daily Standard

“Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading.”
— Book Sense Picks and Notables

“The trivia alone is worth the cover price.”
— New York Times Book Review

“An easy, funny read. Many unsolvable problems the Americans have could be solved with simple means.”
— Business World

“Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060731335
ISBN-10: 0060731338
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 25th, 2009
Pages: 352
Language: English