The Think Like a Freak book can be described as a page turner, which you don't often hear about for a non-fiction book. The information in this book can only be described as unusual, exotic, and eye-opening. Levitt and Dubner have a way of making statistics very interesting.
Here are some examples of some facts from the book:
- A study of over 6,000 stock market experts showed that their predictions were only 47.4% accurate overall
- Only 4% of Pakistanis believe that Arabs carried out the 9/11 attacks
- Suicide is more common with people having a higher quality of life
- Wine experts can't tell the difference between $8 bottle wines and $100 bottle wines (by the way, the wine section in Charter 2 is really enlightening)
- Legalization of abortion caused a crime drop (extensively covered in their first book)
- If you are a Protestant in Germany, you are more likely to make more money than a Catholic
- Stomach ulcers are not caused by spicy foods or stress
- King Solomon and David Lee Roth have four things in common
All of the above is just a tip of the iceberg. There is a lot, lot more. There is plenty of extensive background information and research covered in the book.
If you want a book that would make great reading while you are lying on the beach for your summer vacation, or a book for a friend who likes interesting facts, I strongly recommend that you buy Think Like a Freak. You may not like what they discovered about some of their findings but you will certainly enjoy reading about it.