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SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
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2.5-stars. Not as good as their first book, Freakonomics, probably because their economic revelations are not as fantastic as they were the first time around, despite new material. I think there's two reasons for this. One, the second book presents material in almost exactly the same way as the first book (in length, in depth, in buildup, in number of topics/chapters, in references, in concluding remarks, etc), so we can surmise the authors aren't long in literary style. Two, the material just isn't as fresh as it was in the first book. They've included topics that have been cooked by many other authors. They're trying to tease out things that--unlike taffy--don't respond to stretching.

You'll find consistently interesting material if you follow their blog in The NY Times: http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/

For an excellent look inside the book by topic, try this brute force breakdown:
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