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Wildly overrrated, and overlong,
This review is from: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Paperback)Was really looking forward to this after all the rave reviews, but as someone else said, what a letdown.
Some interesting nuggets of information, (but do you really care if Sumo wrestling is corrupt for a certain type of contest?), and then at about 3/4 of the way through, what I thought would be an interesting chapter on birth names, and how they change over time and economic status, turns out to be the entire rest of the book, much of it taken up with list after list of names, which really wasnt necessary, there must be 5 or 10 pages of lists alone...in fact I've just counted, about 10!
Also its not 'introspective' enough, eg they talk about how crime has fallen and make various conclusions about cause and effect, without challenging enough (IMHO) the actual statistics on which their arguments are based, ironic when challenging preconceptions about what statistics and reports mean. Certainly some of it is food for thought, but we are talking about what would be an interesting article or two in 'The Economist' or 'Business Week' but not enough material for an entire book.