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Slightly disappointing compared with the first book
on 24 January 2014
The follow up to Freakonomics covers similar ground but is less broad. The result is that the authors go into more detail on some areas and can get a bit lost in detail (which to be fair the original showed signs of towards the end of the book). Some themes will be familiar to those who read the first book - particularly the odd questions that give surprising answers and the emphasis on the shock value for subject matter (prostitutes, terrorists and global warming in particular here). The book is still quite interesting but not as good as the first one. So often sequels are not as good as the original but the basic economic idea of supply and demand explains why they get produced - you don't need Freakonomics to explain that.
For me, the problem here is that the authors try to go too deep into the ideas when what is interesting is quite easily explained. If you are going to read both this and the original, I'd read this one first to avoid being disappointed.