Superfreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Maybe I shouldn’t do this so soon after commenting on Freakonomics, but I just loved this one, too. Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, like its predecessor, has the reader looking at trade, data and economic transactions in a new way. Chapters include:

  • How is a Street Prostitute like a Department Store Santa?: In which we explore the cost of being a woman.
  • Why Should Suicide Bombers Buy Life Insurance: in which we discuss compelling aspects of birth and death, though primarily death.
  • Unbelievable Stories about Apathy and Altruism: in which people are revealed to be less good than previously thought, and also less bad. (This was my favorite chapter!)
  • The Fix is In—and It’s Cheap and Simple: in which big, seemingly intractable problems are solved in surprising ways.
  • What Do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo Have in Common: in which we take a cool, hard look at global warming.
  • Monkeys are People Too.

When you have an assignment for outside reading in your econ class, this is another fun choice.


About Victoria Waddle

I'm a high school librarian, formerly an English teacher. I love to read and my mission is to connect people with the right books. To that end, I read widely--from the hi-lo for reluctant high school readers to the literary adult novel for the bibliophile.
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