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A book to make you think AND laugh...,
This review is from: Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance (Paperback)
Whilst you may not agree with some of the outlandish statements made in Superfreakonomics, their method of taking apart complex situations component-by-component and looking at objectively, regardless of the social consequence ensures that there is never a dull moment here.
Skirting around the arguments over flawed data-sets and the economic validity of some of the points put forward; this book is simply hilarious. I read it in a single sitting on a plane and laughed out loud on several occasions, much to the bemusement of my fellow passengers (Teaching capuchin monkeys the value of money and the knock-on effects was a personal favourite). Why pimps are better than real-estate agents also was a laugh-riot.
Whilst newcomers to the series may want to read Freakonomics first, this essentially can be read as a stand-alone instalment, despite the introduction talking at length about the reception and controversy surrounding the first book. You don't need a degree in economics to understand the concepts in the book and resultantly it's surprisingly accessible so I would recommend it to anybody who wants to see things from a different angle. An excellent book!!