» Stephen J. Dubner

Paperback : 06 Apr 2006


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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.

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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?
L: Both
D: To watch a football game, Rice (she's a big fan); to have dinner with, Clinton.

Theatre or cinema?
L: 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
L: 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?
L: Summer
D: Fall

Pound or Euro?
L: Pound
D: Dollar.

Red wine or white wine?
L: Beer
D: Never, ever, ever, ever white.

Steven or Stephen?
L: Steven, obviously!
D: Stephen, obviously!

Product details

Format : Paperback
ISBN: 9780141019017
Size : 129 x 198mm
Pages : 336
Published : 06 Apr 2006
Publisher : Penguin

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