Read A-Likes For Freakonomics

December 12, 2006

There has been some recent discussion among librarians concerning what to recommend to patrons who enjoyed Freakonomics” by Steven D. Levitt. Suggestions include: “A Mathematician Reads The Newspaper” by John Allen Paulos-an interesting book by a math professor who takes an irreverant look at the often faulty use of statistics and fact in newspaper articles. “The Evolution Of Useful Things” by Henry Petroski–a far-flung historical adventure on the evolution of common culture. “The Undercover Economist” by Tim Harford–a cleverly written book applying basic economic theory to modern phenomena such as Starbuck’s pricing system and Microsoft’s stock values. “The Ghost Map” by Steven Johnson–the story of a cholera outbreak in London and the physician who struggled to find a cure. “The Culture Of Fear” by Barry Glassner–a book devoted to exploding conventional wisdom.