#EmptyShelf Challenge Book #13: SuperFreakonomics

March 1, 2014

super freakonomicsTitle: SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

Authors: Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Started: February 23, 2014    Finished: March 1, 2014

Number of Pages: 320   Total for 2014: 5,174

What It’s About: The authors use original studies to challenge the way we think about various “truths” we’ve learned. Do car seats really keep kids safer than seatbelts? Did 38 people really watch Kitty Genovese’s brutal murder and not call the police? How does television affect kids from a young age? How do we catch terrorists? Is prostitution seasonal work? Which kinds of doctors should we choose? Global “warming?” Can a simple, relatively inexpensive fix really prevent devastation from hurricanes?

In their willingness to challenge conventional wisdom, the authors provide a series of “huh!” and “huh?” moments.

Why I Read It: I loved “Freakonomics” and refer to it all the time when various topics arise, especially baby names. I was excited to read this follow-up.