How can your name affect how well you do in life? What do estate agents and the Ku Klux Klan have in common? Why do drug dealers live with their mothers?The answer: Freakonomics. Its at the heart of everything we do and the things that affect us daily: from sex to crime, parenting to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. And we can use it to get to the heart of whats really happening under the surface of everyday life. This cult bestseller will show you how, by unravelling your lifes secret codes, you can discover a totally new way of seeing the world.>
Assume nothing, question everything. This is the message at the heart of Freakonomics , Levitt and Dubner's rule-breaking, iconoclastic book about crack dealers, cheating teachers and bizarre baby names that turned everyone's view of the world upside-down and became an international multi-million-copy-selling phenomenon. 'Prepare to be dazzled' Malcolm Gladwell 'A sensation ... you'll be stimulated, provoked and entertained. Of how many books can that be said?' Sunday Telegraph 'Has you chuckling one minute and gasping in amazement the next' Wall Street Journal 'Dazzling ... a delight' Economist 'Made me laugh out loud' Scotland on Sunday
Reveals such things as why you are more likely to be killed walking drunk than driving drunk; how a prostitute is more likely to sleep with a policeman than be arrested by one; why terrorists might be easier to track down than you would imagine; and, how a sex change could boost your salary.
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with more iconoclastic insights and observations in SuperFreakonomics-the long awaited follow-up to their New York Times bestseller. Based on revolutionary research and original studies SuperFreakonomics promises to once again challenge your students' view of the way the world really works. Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and captivating storytelling to show students the hidden side of everything with such questions as: - How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? - Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands? - How much good do car seats do? - What's the best way to catch a terrorist? 'Thank goodness [Levitt and Dubner] are back-with wisdom, wit and, most of all, powerful economic insight. . . . [They] wryly, humorously and almost sadistically remind us that we are slaves to our own failures to parse situations into basic economic components.'-Los Angeles Times