Book review: SuperFreakonomics


In SuperFreakonomics authors Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner again take an unconventional view of the everyday. Indeed, the book is subtitled “global cooling, patriotic prostitutes and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance”.

As can be guessed, the book – and research it is based on – questions the conventional wisdom on global warming and especially the obsession with carbon dioxide. Happily they also have some cheap and simple solutions… “Patriotic prostitutes”, for those interested, explores price setting in Chicago’s oldest profession, while “why suicide bombers should buy life insurance” looks at data-mining algorithms.

It is an easy read, ideal for the traveller and has the advantage of questioning the conventional wisdom – always a good thing.

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Book review: Freakonomics

Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner


Penguin Books