May 11, 2005
News & Opinion: Review: Freakonomics
FREAKONOMICS: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side of Everything by Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner, William Morrow, 2005
I really wanted to like this book. There's a lot about how economist Steven
Levitt thinks that I resonate with, and the free association of how seeming
unrelated things interrelate is certainly reminiscent of one of my favorite
authors, James Burke and his best-selling and immensely entertaining book
But I didn't like Freakonomics, for a variety of reasons, the first being
that nowhere in the writing or editorial process did anyone bother to
mention to the authors that modesty trumps egocentric writing. Between the
introduction to the book and the chapter introductions, Levitt has more ego
strokes (which is to say we're trapped having to read about him) than any
other living author I've encountered in thirty years of voracious reading.
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