2017 Literacy Throwdown Book Review! – Think Like a Freak

I like to come at problems sideways; questioning assumptions, eschewing conventional wisdom, and all that jazz. So the approach of the Freakonomics guys has always appealed to me. I’ve never read their books, but I’ve read enough about them and their take on economic problems to be intrigued.

So, when I saw this book, Think Like a Freak, whose cover offered to “retrain your brain” to think like the authors, I thought it would be a good place to start.

Unfortunately, what the book ended up being was just a collection of all the leftover anecdotes that didn’t make it into the first two Freakonomics books. Sure, they present it within a framework of tips for thinking differently, but only in the broadest, most general, contractually-obligated-to-cough-up-another-book way. Among the earth-shattering revelations are “sometimes the answer is obvious” and “if you can’t succeed at one thing, stop doing it and try something else.”

If you’re interested in reading a Freakonomics book, I’d recommend starting with a different one.

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