The legendary bestseller that made millions look at the world in a radically different way returns in a new edition, now including an exclusive discussion between the authors and bestselling professor of psychology Angela Duckworth.
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Which should be feared more: snakes or french fries? Why do sumo wrestlers cheat? In this groundbreaking book, leading economist Steven Levitt—Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and winner of the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark medal for the economist under 40 who has made the greatest contribution to the discipline—reveals that the answers. Joined by acclaimed author and podcast host Stephen J. Dubner, Levitt presents a brilliant—and brilliantly entertaining—account of how incentives of the most hidden sort drive behavior in ways that turn conventional wisdom on its head.
While an interesting read, there was no over arching theme. Each chapter seemed dedicated to some fun fact, but as far as what the reader is supposed to do with the information is up to reader. It may challenge you to take a deeper look at information and have you question commonly accepted notions. I give it two stars because it gives me some good conversation info.25
I have no economist background. However, the book is easy to understand and I was hooked to the book during reading. The book talks about the abortion leads to lower crimes, sensation leads to irrational behavior, and drug dealer and parenting. I do not necessarily agree everything in the book. But this is definitely a good book to provoke my thinking!!!55
Must I repeat myself?55
As one more "fearful" of statistical data than of Analysis, i.e. the calculus, I expected to be not quite in swing with this book. But, surprise, I found it interesting how data is searched for and looked at, sample sets relevant to a given topic are selected and the sometimes unexpected insights gleaned. In this day and age of "info overload" the worth of such sorts of inquiry are obvious, and seem to require a sort of gift for it as well as determination to work it through and look for relevant data in a way a bit different, but perhaps not completely divorced, from going the other way around, i.e. from theoretical mathematics to deduction and investigation of "the fit". My only complaint is it is a little repetitive and just maybe their findings are not always the "complete truth" of a given matter (but better a few "partial truths" than "full false truths"). Half star off for over repetition, but since don't see that option I went with 4 stars, but it's very interesting, enough to look forward to more from said authors and as my "title to review" indicates, I think they do well to continue with their research and write about it.45
I never would've guessed I'd get hooked on an economics book for my bedtime reading, but I read this on a recommendation and couldn't put it down; this book is well-written, interesting, informative and entertaining. Can see why it was/is a bestseller.55
Extraordinary way of rationalizing! It will make you wonder and question about conventional wisdoms :) things are definitely not what they seemed to be.55
Very out of the box thinking and an amazing read.55
You learn so much55
Fantastic book, keeps your attention the whole time. Great ideas and theories. High recommend reading. Easy to read and understand.55
Entertaining and insightful in many chapters, others were slower... No real plot... Just jumps from one random subject to another...35