Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Think Like a Freak

By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

  • Release Date: 2014-05-13
  • Genre: Economics
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From the rule-breaking authors of international bestsellers Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, this is the ultimate guide to how to Think Like a Freak

The Freakonomics books have come to stand for something: challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions; and learning to unravel the world's secret codes. Now Levitt and Dubner have gathered up what they have learned and turned it into a readable and practical toolkit for thinking differently - thinking, that is, like a Freak. Whether you are interested in the best way to improve your odds in penalty kicks, or in major global reforms, here is a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems.

Along the way, you'll learn how the techniques of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion can help you, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, why Nigerian e-mail scammers make a point of saying they're from Nigeria, and why Van Halen's demanding tour contract banning brown M&Ms was really a safety measure. You'll learn why sometimes it's best to put away your moral compass, and smarter to think like a child. You will be given a master class in incentives-because for better or worse, incentives rule our world. And you will learn to quit before you fail, because you can't solve tomorrow's problem if you aren't willing to abandon today's dud.

Levitt and Dubner 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.

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  • Top read for any Graduate

    5
    By Pr0p 15
    Easy to read, and fantastically interesting and easy to apply. It's really great to help you be able to take something apart and question them in ways others can't. Just today I have been able to challenge a Director of a FTSE 100 company on our business strategy, and I could have gone further on the issue, had I not been at a Directorate briefing. This book will help you ask the questions that will get you noticed.

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