Rachael Sherwood's Reviews > Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
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Feb 22, 2011

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Maybe I had this book overhyped, but while it was fun, I didn't walk away with a lot. I like his way of explaining the 'less important' things through economics and I now have a few 'cocktail party facts' to share with people.

Part of my frustration is that while Levitt & co come to conclusions about data, but they never get into what it MEANS. And yes, maybe that's outside of the scope of this book, but it does leave it a little lackluster in my opinion.

The book was an easy fast read and the additional information at the end was not neccesary. I really didn't need to read the co-author's article praising Leavitt. (I found the 'cult of personality' surrounding him in the book REALLY annoying. He's a rogue! He's a maverick! He thinks differently! He's an economist who can't do math! Yeah, okay, whatever. Save it for the biography) I really didn't need them to copy & paste some blog posts they'd made into the book. If I wanted to read things in a blog style...I'd read their blog.

Anyway, it IS worth reading, thinking about, debating, etc...but it didn't blow my mind.

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