by Steven D. Levitt,
Stephen J. Dubner
“SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance” is a good book, it promotes creativity and thinking outside of the box. Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J Dubner are the authors of this amazing book. SuperFreakonomics takes the basic, intellectual economics book and adds a witty and enjoyable tone that makes the basic concepts of economics accessible to the average person. Levitt and Dubner use various real-world examples that not only illustrate certain economic behaviors but also draw in the reader with the stories themselves. Every statistic in this book is intriguing and informative. The book Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes & why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance is a non-fiction economic book written by D. Levitt & J. Dubner, published in 2009. These two authors show non-fiction writing in a different light and how people will only do things best if rewarded with an incentive. They do not just write facts about a person, place, or activity these authors give us a story with connections, facts, real evidence, and real people.
They show how even a street prostitute from Chicago can go through college debt-free, hide it from her loved ones, and start a career in being a real estate agent. They also talk about global warming having a solution that works called geoengineering, and they compare the deaths of those drunk driving and drunk walking and explain how it’s more deadly to walk intoxicated than drive intoxicated. This story shines a different light because we are seeing how people and stats are included in scenarios and how economists look at situations. For example, they bring up chemotherapy, which is very expensive, but not very effective. People are still dying and millions of dollars are going to cancer every year, but where is the money going to. You learn about that in this book and how every dollar does count for those who do survive and benefit from chemo. Levitt and Dubner give many other examples of cheap fixes, misunderstood results, and interesting incentives. Read this factual, entertaining, counterintuitive book to find out what they are. Overall, the theme of the intended consequences and surprising effects of various public policies holds true and makes for a compelling read.