Paperback : 06 Apr 2006
Read an extract from: Freakonomics
Cult bestseller, new buzz word... Freakonomics is at the heart of everything we see and do and the subjects that bedevil us daily: from parenting to crime, sport to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams.
Asking provocative and profound questions about human motivation and contemporary living and reaching some astonishing conclusions, Freakonomics will make you see the familiar world through a completely original lens.
Keep up-to-date with the Freakonomists by reading their regular blog: www.freakonomics.com/blog.
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‘a racy piece of detective work…entertaining and provocative’
‘[Levitt] is one of those mavericks who appears once in a generation to stand conventional wisdom on its head’
Mail on Sunday
‘Levitt’s approach is inspiring’
‘each chapter functions as a bit like a puzzle or a detective story’
Independent on Sunday
‘whether the book will change the way we look at the world, of course we can’t be sure. But it will change it for a while’
Guardian - Nicholas Lezard’s Paperback Choice
‘there is a reason for the book’s buzz - it is very intriguing… Freakonomics gives you a new set of tools for looking at the world’
‘Far more fun than a statistical trudge ought to be, the book will help fill any dinner party silences for the rest of the year’
Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner are the double act behind the bestselling Freakonomics, which stormed the into the Top Ten book charts in 2005. As the paperback is launched, we caught up with the duo and quizzed them to see if their compatibly extends beyond writing…..
Which of the following do you prefer?
Hardbacks or paperbacks?
Steven Levitt: Paperbacks
Stephen Dubner: Hardbacks, in a jam, they make good weapons
Numbers or words?
L: Numbers, of course
D: Words, though I am fond of the numbers 7, 23, and 32.
Condoleezza Rice or Hillary Clinton?
D: To watch a football game, Rice (she's a big fan); to have dinner with, Clinton.
Theatre or cinema?
D: My biggest worry about the theater is that, if I'm bored or displeased, the actors will see my face and be discouraged, which is a completely unrealistic and narcissistic fear, I know, but one which leads me to give cinema the slight edge.
Newspapers or online
D: N.Y. Times on paper (I like the ads); everything else online.
Tony Blair or Gordon Brown?
L.: Tony Blair
D: Brown was the keynote speaker at the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award -- which, although "Freakonomics" lost out, was well worth attending since I got to hear Brown speak. I'd like to take oratory lessons from him.
TV or radio?
L: TV, especially reality TV
D: I love both, but there is more TV that I love than radio.
Summer or winter?
Pound or Euro?
Red wine or white wine?
D: Never, ever, ever, ever white.
Steven or Stephen?
L: Steven, obviously!
D: Stephen, obviously!
Size : 129 x 198mm
Pages : 336
Published : 06 Apr 2006
Publisher : Penguin
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