Best nonfiction book: “Superfreakonomics” by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Nonfiction books aren’t a drag anymore; they’re an indulgence. Now featured on my blog: a few notes on some of my absolute recommend-it-to-anyone favorites.

This month’s best nonfiction book: 

Is this really one of the best nonfiction books out there? Why?

What will I get out of this best nonfiction book that will make it worth my time?

Where can I further investigate this best nonfiction book?

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Get The Emergency Diet: The Somewhat Hard, Very Controversial, Totally Unheard Of and Fastest Possible Way to Lose Weight on Amazon. 

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Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes & Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, by Steven D. Hevitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Notes October 2015 by Mollie Player

Discusses the economics of prostitution. Says it’s safer and more profitable to go through a pimp. Also says a lg ofoage of tricks are done for policeman as freebies. Lots of street prostitutes make very, very good money.

Discusses the economics of terrorism or suicide bombing. Says Ramadan fasting affects fetuses – roughly 20% greater chance of a disability.

Discusses various problems with hospitals; recirculating the air spreads disease; there are info gaps or inefficiencies all over; very difficult to objectively measure doctor skill; chemotherapy is “remarkably ineffective.”

Discusses one method for ferreting out terrorists: analyzing their banking habits.

Discusses good behavior that’s due to profit motive and behavior due to true altruism. Example of a lady stabbed 3 times and the reporter saying 38 witnesses looked on – but story a total fabrication motivated by notoriety it gave journalist and desire of PD to cover up or bury another story.

Says much easier to raise charity funds with personal stories than with stats.

Discusses ultimatum and dictator – games or studies purporting to measure altruism – and the misleading results.

Discusses how, due to the power of unintended consequences, the best fixes are often the simplest and cheapest – examples: polio vaccine; doctors washing hands; encouraging doctors to wash hand by placing a scan of a bacteria – filled hand – one from an actual doctor in that hospital – as a screen saver on the hospital computers. Another example: drilling for under-earth oil when whales started to get overfished; the simple seatbelt (authors believe that a kid-fitting seatbelt would be a better solution than carseats, and much cheaper – but now that carseat laws are in effect, they aren’t being made.

Discusses one man’s solution to prevent hurricanes (large tires that capture hot water and bring up cold water to the surface).

Discusses global warming at length. *Great section.* Says one group of Seatle inventors may have solved it: add liquefied sulfur dioxide to the air. Says CO2 is not the cause of global warming. Very interesting stuff.

Demonstrates that monkeys understand money.

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