Book Review x2

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Revised and Expanded Edition) Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Just finished this one… there was definitely some interesting stuff in here, but the book was difficult to get through. I felt like some of the points were a bit belabored and was actually expecting more examples of how economics could be applied to “real world” situations. The fact that all of the topics were overviewed in the forward kind of made the actual chapters a bit of a let down. The book also just seemed dry–I’m not sure if that applies to the subject matter or the writing.

I do give Levitt (and his co-author) credit for this and do think it’s interesting. As they say in the book, even if you’re able to walk away with a better understanding of the “why” behind things (or the feeling that you should be asking “why” more often instead of simply believing the explanation given to you as truth).

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