Freakonomics Reading List


All Books referenced in the Freakonomics podcast. Freakonomics — The hidden side of everything.

A Crack in Creation: Gene Editing and the Unthinkable Power to Control Evolution by Jennifer A. Doudna, Samuel H. Sternberg


A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman


A History of News by Mitchell Stephens


A New World Order by Anne-Marie Slaughter


A Random Walk down Wall Street: The Time-tested Strategy for Successful Investing by Burton G. Malkiel


Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford


Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought by Andrew W. Lo


After the Fall of the Wall: Life Courses in the Transformation of East Germany by Martin Diewald, Anne Goedicke, Karl Ulrich Mayer


All the President’s Men by Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein


American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn by Ted Steinberg


An Accidental Sportswriter: A Memoir by Robert Lipsyte


An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies by Tyler Cowen


Anarchy Unbound: Why Self-Governance Works Better Than You Think by Peter T. Leeson


Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Armed America: Portraits of Gun Owners in Their Homes by Kyle Cassidy


Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre


Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua


Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful by Daniel S. Hamermesh


Beyond News: The Future of Journalism (Columbia Journalism Review Books) by Mitchell Stephens


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah


Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam


Bridge of Words: Esperanto and the Dream of a Universal Language by Esther Schor


Brothers Emanuel: A Memoir of an American Family by Ezekiel J. Emanuel


Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry


Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair, and Sustainable by Jeffrey D. Sachs


Capitalism and Freedom: Fortieth Anniversary Edition by Milton Friedman


Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams


Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human by Richard Wrangham


Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief (P.S.) by Stephen J. Dubner


Churchill Style: The Art of Being Winston Churchill by Barry Singer


Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump


Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections by Patrick Smith


Commuting in America III: The Third National Report on Commuting Patterns and Trends by Alan E. Pisarski


Concise Encyclopedia of Languages of the World (Concise Encyclopedias of Language and Linguistics)


Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper (P.S.) by Stephen J Dubner


Confessions of an Advertising Man. by David. Ogilvy


Cool Tools: A Catalog of Possibilities by Kevin Kelly


Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight by Karl Rove


Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach by Martha C. Nussbaum


Crime and Family: Selected Essays of Joan McCord by Joan Mccord


Dangerous Language — Esperanto under Hitler and Stalin by Ulrich Lins


Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer


Degree Mills: The Billion-Dollar Industry That Has Sold Over a Million Fake Diplomas by John Bear


Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh


Dethroning the King: The Hostile Takeover of Anheuser-Busch, an American Icon by Julie MacIntosh


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5 by American Psychiatric Association


Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After by Miki Agrawal


Does Science Need a Global Language?: English and the Future of Research by Scott L. Montgomery


Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle by Daniel L. Everett


Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror by Mia Bloom


Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson


Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science by Glenn Whitman


Ending Medical Reversal: Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives by Vinayak K. Prasad, Adam S. Cifu


Envisioning Real Utopias by Erik Olin Wright


Esperanto and Its Rivals: The Struggle for an International Language (Haney Foundation Series) by Roberto Garvía


European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess — and How to Put Them Right by Philippe Legrain


Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz


Everything I Ever Needed to Know about Economics I Learned from Online Dating by Paul Oyer


Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know? by Philip E. Tetlock


Faking It by William Ian Miller


Fantasy Football for Smart People: A Guide to Winning at Daily Fantasy Sports by Jonathan Bales


Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser


Fat Politics: The Real Story behind America’s Obesity Epidemic by J. Eric Oliver


Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress by Olympia Snowe


Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (Inside Technology) by Peter D. Norton


Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants, and the Origins of Language by Dean Falk


Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence by Geoffrey Canada


Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation by Elissa Stein, Susan Kim


Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in the Markets and in Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind by Alex Stone


Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner


Free to Choose: A Personal Statement by Milton Friedman, Rose Friedman


Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann, Mark Halperin


Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets by Sudhir Venkatesh


Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant


Giving Good Weight by John McPhee


Good Business: Making Money by Making the World Better by Steve Hilton


Good Profit: How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies by Charles G. Koch


Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York by Ted Steinberg


Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth


Handbook of the Economics of Finance, Volume 2B: Asset Pricing (Handbooks in Finance) by George M. Constantinides


Healthcare, Guaranteed: A Simple, Secure Solution for America by Ezekiel J. Emanuel


Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations by Clay Shirky


Here Comes the Garbage Barge! by Jonah Winter


How Many Languages Do We Need?: The Economics of Linguistic Diversity by Victor Ginsburgh, Shiomo Weber


How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet by Benjamin Peters


How to Win Games and Beat People: Demolish Your Family and Friends at over 30 Classic Games with Advice from an International Array of Experts by Tom Whipple


If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities by Benjamin R. Barber


If Not Now, When?: Duty and Sacrifice in America’s Time of Need by Colonel Jack Jacobs, Douglas Century


Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation by Nandan Nilekani


Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them by Philippe Legrain


Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition by Robert B. Cialdini


Inside the Nudge Unit: How small changes can make a big difference by David Halpern (2015–08–27) by -36522


It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism by Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein


Jane Austen, Game Theorist by Michael Suk-Young Chwe


Judgment of Paris by George M. Taber


Keys to An Amazing Life: Secrets of the Cervical Spine by Kenneth Hansraj MD


Kick and Run: Memoir with Soccer Ball (Bloomsbury Reader) by Jonathan Wilson


Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 3: The Political Order of a Free People by F. A. Hayek


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg


Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind by Tim Groseclose PhD


Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools by Joel Klein


Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson


Life of Pi by Yann Martel


Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy by Robert D. Putnam, Robert Leonardi, Raffaella Y. Nanetti


Mass and Elite in Democratic Athens: Rhetoric, Ideology, and the Power of the People by Josiah Ober


Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children by Todd R. Risley, Betty Hart


Microeconomics by Goolsbee, Austan, Levitt, Steven, Syverson, Chad


Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink


Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want by Nicholas Epley


Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler


Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg


Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking by Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, Maxime Bilet


Money and Soccer: A Soccernomics Guide: Why Chievo Verona, Unterhaching, and Scunthorpe United Will Never Win the Champions League, Why Manchester … and Manchester United Cannot Be Stopped by Stefan Szymanski


Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men (Worlds of Desire: The Chicago Series on Sexuality, Gender, and Culture) by M.V. Lee Badgett


Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis


More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First by Steve Hilton, Scott Bade, Jason Bade


More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics by Steven E. Landsburg


More Work for Mother by Ruth Schwartz Cowan


Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War (Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies) by Drew Gilpin Faust


Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (Fully Revised and Updated) by Charles Wheelan


Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters by Charles Wheelan


Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan


New Money: Staying Rich by Phillip Buchanon


Not Quite White: White Trash and the Boundaries of Whiteness by Matt Wray


Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein


Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor by Sudhir Venkatesh


Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam


Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture by Elizabeth Semmelhack


Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell


Pain: A Political History by Keith Wailoo


Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool


Petty: The Biography by Warren Zanes


Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand by James Barron


Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time by Bill McGowan


Popular Crime: Reflections on the Celebration of Violence by Bill James


Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry by Helaine Olen


Preventing Antisocial Behavior: Interventions from Birth through Adolescence by 60


Pricing the Priceless Child: The Changing Social Value of Children by Viviana A. Zelizer


Primer of Greek Grammar by Evelyn Abbott, E.D. Mansfield


Radical, Religious, and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism (MIT Press) by Eli Berman


ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking (MIT Press) by Eran Ben-Joseph


Rich Habits — The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals by Thomas C. Corley


Risk Uncertainty and Profit by Frank H. Knight


Rory Sutherland: The Wiki Man by Rory Sutherland


Say My Name Your Way: Reflections on a Multilingual Life by Suzanne Corley


Schools and Delinquency (Cambridge Studies in Criminology) by Denise C. Gottfredson


Scientific Babel: How Science Was Done Before and After Global English by Michael D. Gordin


Scoop by Evelyn Waugh


Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays by Joel Waldfogel


Seeing What Others Don’t: The Remarkable Ways We Gain Insights by Gary Klein


Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think by Bryan Caplan


Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer


Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern


Sharing the Work: What My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others) (MIT Press) by Myra Strober


Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Inven ted Modern Horror by Jason Zinoman


Simpler: The Future of Government by Cass R. Sunstein


Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age by Duncan J. Watts


Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life by Brian Wansink


Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg


Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia — and Even Iraq — Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski


Social Capital by David Halpern


Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age by Hendrik Hartog


Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty by Daniel Schulman


Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach


Steinway and Sons by Richard K. Lieberman


Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach


STREET INTERNET SCAMS …from Nigerian’s street perspective by Gbenga Ogunbiyi


Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert


Sugar: A Bittersweet History by Abbott, Elizabeth


Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner


Supercorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good by Rosabeth Moss Kanter (21-Jan-2010) Paperback by -109571


Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner


SuperFreakonomics, Illustrated edition: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner


Surviving Against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia by S. Ann Dunham


Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle


The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss


The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss


The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss


The American Economy: A Historical Encyclopedia by Cynthia L. Clark


The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis


The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton (.) by Jerome Karabel


The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History by Boris Johnson


The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath by Ben S. Bernanke


The Curse of Cash by Kenneth S. Rogoff


The Economics of the Multilingual Workplace (Routledge Studies in Sociolinguistics) by François Grin, Claudio Sfreddo, François Vaillancourt


The Electors by Roy Neel


The End of Poverty: Economic Possibilities for Our Time by Jeffrey Sachs


The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous


The Evolution of Language by Fitch, W. Tecumseh (2010) Paperback by


The Executive Unbound: After the Madisonian Republic by Eric A. Posner, Adrian Vermeule


The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science by J. Kenji López-Alt


The Game from Where I Stand: A Ballplayer’s Inside View by Doug Glanville


The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future by Dalton Conley, Jason Fletcher


The Good Old Days: They Were Terrible! by Otto Bettmann


The Great Stagnation: How America Ate All The Low-Hanging Fruit of Modern History, Got Sick, and Will (Eventually) Feel Better by Tyler Cowen


The Heart and the Fist: The education of a humanitarian, the making of a Navy SEAL by Eric Greitens Navy SEAL


The Hidden Wealth of Nations by David Halpern


The High Cost of Free Parking, Updated Edition by Donald Shoup


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith With Our Values in a Dangerous World by Anne-Marie Slaughter


The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated by Helaine Olen, Harold Pollack


The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly


The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language (P.S.) by Steven Pinker


The Map That Changed the World: William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology by Simon Winchester


The Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln by Gluckel


The Men Who United the States: America’s Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester


The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game by Mary Pilon


The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies by Bryan Caplan


The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan


The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (Oxford Companions) by 65


The Philosophical Baby: What Children’s Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life by Alison Gopnik


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg


The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results by Bob Knight, Bob Hammel


The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester


The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.) by Matt Ridley


The Rise and Decline of Nations: Economic Growth, Stagflation, and Social Rigidities by Mancur Olson


The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War (The Princeton Economic History of the Western World)by Robert J. Gordon


The Road to Serfdom: Text and Documents — The Definitive Edition (The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume 2) by F. A. Hayek


The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World’s Largest Private Company by Charles G. Koch


The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t by Nate Silver


The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley


The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy by Joel Beckerman, Tyler Gray


The Sorrows of Young Werther (Penguin Classics) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


The Stranger by Harlan Coben


The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldstein


The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream by Thomas L. Dyja


The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters by Karl Rove


The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor by William Easterly


The Undercover Economist, Revised and Updated Edition: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor — and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! by Tim Harford


The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis


The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth by Mark Mazzetti


The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life by Uri Gneezy, John List


The World’s Newest Profession: Management Consulting in the Twentieth Century by Christopher D. McKenna


Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner


Think Small: The Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reach Big Goals by Owain Service, Rory Gallagher


Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman


Thirty Million Words: Building a Child’s Brain by Dana Suskind


This Idea Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress (Edge Question Series) by John Brockman


This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart, Kenneth S. Rogoff


Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing (NYU Series in Social and Cultural Analysis) by 25


Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek by Manu Saadia


Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier by Edward L. Glaeser


Truth, Lies, and O-Rings: Inside the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster by Allan J. McDonald


Turning the Tables: Restaurants and the Rise of the American Middle Class, 1880–1920 by Andrew P. Haley


Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won’t Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care by Martin Makary


Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family by Anne-Marie Slaughter


United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good by Cory Booker


Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men by Mara Hvistendahl


Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World by Jayson Lusk


Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution by Linda Hirshman


Voting with Dollars: A New Paradigm for Campaign Finance by Bruce Ackerman, Ian Ayres


War Paint: Tattoo Culture & the Armed Forces by Kyle Cassidy


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe


What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel


What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly


What the Dormouse Said: How the 60s Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer by John Markoff


What Women Really Want: How American Women Are Quietly Erasing Political, Racial, Class, and Religious Lines to Change the Way We Liveby Celinda Lake, Kellyanne Conway


What Works: Gender Equality by Design by Iris Bohnet


When to Rob a Bank: …And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner


Where Stuff Comes From: How Toasters, Toilets, Cars, Computers and Many Other Things Come To Be As They Are by Harvey Molotch


Who Gets What ― and Why: The New Economics of Matchmaking and Market Design by Alvin E. Roth


Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir by Saloma Miller Furlong


Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu, James Robinson


Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock




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