Book Review | Think Like a Freak

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain | Levitt & Dubner

TLDR: Dubner and Levitt rehash old material from their many excellent podcasts in book form.

What Amazon Says

With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner take us inside their thought process and teach us all how to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally. In Think Like A Freak, they offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems, whether your interest lies in minor lifehacks or major global reforms. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain. Along the way, you’ll learn the secrets of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, and why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria.

Levitt and Dubner plainly see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing—and so much fun to read.

What I Say

I love the Freakonomics stuff. The first couple of books, Freakonomics, and Superfreakonomics were excellent. I used material from them extensively when teaching economics a few years back.

The podcasts and radio segments have been fantastic as well. See more here.

But this installment is nothing more than old material from the podcasts in book form. If you’ve listened to any / most of them, you’ll learn nothing new, unfortunately. Should you quit your job? Break up with your partner? Sure. Flip a coin. But, for what it’s worth, it was a quick read / listen, and helped pass the time in the car while commuting.

My Rating  🤑🤑 / 4