By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Now in Paperback—the New York Times bestsellerand stick with as much as the progressive bestsellers Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics—with a brand new writer Q&A.

With their trademark combination of eye-catching storytelling and unconventional research, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner take us within their concept strategy and train us all tips to imagine a piece extra productively, extra creatively, extra rationally. In Think Like A Freak, they give a blueprint for a wholly new option to resolve difficulties, even if your curiosity lies in minor lifehacks or significant international reforms. the themes diversity from enterprise to philanthropy to activities to politics, all with the objective of retraining your mind. alongside the best way, you’ll study the secrets and techniques of a jap hot-dog-eating champion, the explanation an Australian general practitioner swallowed a batch of harmful micro organism, and why Nigerian electronic mail scammers make some extent of claiming they’re from Nigeria.

Levitt and Dubner it seems that see the realm like not anyone else. you can now too. by no means prior to have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing—and a lot enjoyable to read.

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