#9 Freakonomics – Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner

5 Jan

I don’t have a photo of the book I read, however this is the same edition. 

Freakonomics - Front Cover

Freakonomics – Front Cover

Goodreads rating: 3.8 (233,900+ ratings)

My rating: 8/10

Why it’s on the list: My boyfriend was reading it whilst we were holidaying in Mexico & Hawaii, and I ran out of books to read, so read it after him.

First published: April 12th, 2005 by William Morrow

Genre: Non-fiction

Freakonomics is awesome. It’s basically the love child of pop culture & economics, written by a New York Times journalist, and an economist. I hated economics in university, didn’t understand it, didn’t like it one bit, and only passed by 1 mark. Freakonomics makes economics actually interesting. It is a book which applies economic theories and practices to questions such as ‘What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?’ and ‘If drug dealers earn so much money, why do they still live with their mothers?’. 

You’ll find yourself interested, and curious, about the answers to questions you never knew existed, which is why I loved this book so much. I gave it 8/10 because as much as I enjoyed it, I felt like you had to just take it on face value, and although there were lots of references to different studies, it obviously doesn’t really disprove opposite opinions.

Bits & pieces

  • By 2009, Freakonomics had sold over 4 million copies worldwide. [Source]
  • Peaked at #2 among non-fiction on the New York Times best seller list

-H-

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