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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