I'm pretty sure you've heard a lot about this title and for good reason: Dubner and Levitt deal with some controversial topics in this follow-up to their previous blockbuster, Freakonomics. Lauren (@harperacademic) and I were lucky enough to snag tickets to their author talk at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side, and rest assured, this dynamic duo does not disappoint. Dubner and Levitt were fast-talking, witty, and thoughtful (it doesn't hurt that they have enough of an Odd Couple-esque rapport to star in their own sitcom).
Superfreakonomics deals with subjects as varied as global warming, drunk walking, crime and altruism, and is informative without being dry, or difficult to get through. If you're going to pick up a nonfiction book this week, I recommend this one. My favorite chapter, "How is a Street Prostitute Like a Department Store Santa?" deals with what Dubner and Levitt term "the various costs of being a woman." Maybe my mind's in the gutter, but I found it to be extraordinarily interesting stuff. But really, the reason I wrote this post was to ask you, dear commenters, the following question: what do you think? Would you read Superfreakonomics? If you have read it, what did you think? Has it earned the media controversy? Leave your thoughts below.
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