Freakonomics Readalikes

Informative and readable nonfiction explaining the theories behind the phenomenon of everyday life. All of these titles are located in the Adult Nonfiction section of the Library.


Akerlof, George A. Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why IT Matters for Global Capitalism. 2009. (330.122 A).
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Ariely, Dan. The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home. 2010. (153.4 A).

Beckwith, Harry. Unthinking: the Surprising Forces Behind what We Buy. 2011. (658.8342 B).

Bryson, Bill. At Home: A Short History of Private Life. 2010. (643.1 B).
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Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. 2005. (304.28 D).
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Erwann Michel-Kerjan and Paul Slovic, ed. The Irrational Economist: Making Decisions in a Dangerous World. 2010. (330.019 J).

Frank, Robert H. The Economic Naturalist; In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas. 2007. (330 F).

Friedman, Thomas L. That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in The World It Invented and How We Can Come Back. 2011. (973.032 F).
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Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. 2005. (153.44 G).
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Groopman, Jerome. How Doctors Think. 2007. (610 G).
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Harford, Tim. The Logic of Life: The Rational Economics of an Irrational World. 2008.
(339 H).
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Iyengar, Sheena. The Art of Choosing. 2010. (153.83 I).

Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, Fast and Slow. 2011. (153.42 K).     
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Kuper, Simon and Stefan Szymanski. Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey and Even India Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport. 2009. (796.334 K).

Kurlansky, Mark. Salt: A World History. 2002. (333.85632 K).
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Landsburg, Steven E. More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics. 2007. (330 L).

Lewis, Michael. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. 2003. (796.35764 L).
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Mainelli, ,Michael and Ian Harris. The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions. 2011. (381 M).

Miller, Alan S. Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire--Two Evolutionary Psychologists Explain Why We Do What We Do. 2007. (155.7 M).

Pollan, Michael. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. 2006.
(394.12 P).
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Ridley, Matt. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. 2010. (339.2 R).
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Roach, Mary. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers. 2003. (611 R).
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Saad, Gad. The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography and Gift Giving Reveal about Human Nature. 2011. (339.47 S).

Sacks, Oliver. The Mind’s Eye. 2010. (616.855 S).
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Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. 2001. (394.10973 S).
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Schwartz, Evan I. The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Television. 2002. (621.388009 S).

Shermer, Michael. The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics. 2008. (330.1 S).

Surowiecki, James. The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations. 2004. (303.38 S).
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Szuchman, Paula  and Jenny Anderson. Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes. 2011. (646. 78 S).
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Thaler, Richard H. Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness. 2008. (330.019 T).
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Vanderbilt, Tom. Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (And What it Says About Us). 2008. (629.283 V).
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Venkatesh, Sudhir Alladi. Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets. 2008. (364.1066 V).
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Weiner, Jonathan. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in our Time. 1994.
(598.883 W).

Wiseman , Richard. Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things. 2007. (150.72).

Winchester, Simon. The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary. 1998. (423 W).
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