From the rule-breaking authors of international bestsellers Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics, this is the ultimate guide to how to Think Like a Freak.
The Freakonomics books have come to stand for something: challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions; and learning to unravel the world’s secret codes. Now Levitt and Dubner have gathered up what they have learned and turned it into a readable and practical toolkit for thinking differently – thinking, that is, like a Freak. Whether you are interested in the best way to improve your odds in penalty kicks, or in major global reforms, here is a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems.
Along the way, you’ll learn how the techniques of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion can help you, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, why Nigerian email scammers make a point of saying they’re from Nigeria, and why Van Halen’s demanding tour contract banning brown M&Ms was really a safety measure. You’ll learn why sometimes it’s best to put away your moral compass, and smarter to think like a child. You will be given a master class in incentives-because for better or worse, incentives rule our world. And you will learn to quit before you fail, because you can’t solve tomorrow’s problem if you aren’t willing to abandon today’s dud.
Levitt and Dubner see the world like no one else. Now you can too. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealing-and so much fun to read.
Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark medal, given to the most influential American economist under the age of forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.
Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career-as an almost-rock-star-to become a writer. He has worked for The New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. He lives with his family in New York City.
Thomas Love Peacock - Headlong Hall and Nightmare Abbey
These two novels contain characters who are either representative types, or thinly veiled caricatures of Peacock's contemporaries, who gather in country houses to eat, drink and discuss. These tales poke fun at contemporary attitudes and ideas, such as the Romantic literary movement.
Stephen Donaldson - Fatal Revenant
Fatal Revenant, Book Two of _The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant,_ begins where _The Runes of the Earth_ ended: Linden Avery watches from a balcony while Thomas Covenant and her adopted son, Jeremiah, ride desperately toward Revelstone. But their reunion has vast consequences which she could not have foreseen. Soon she is betrayed by the people whom she most needs to trust. Transported deep into the Land's past, she is forced to confront mysterious strangers, legendary heroes, and ancient evils, and to stand alone against the malevolence of the Despiser's minions. Abandoned in Garroting Deep, the most bloodthirsty of the Land's long-dead forests, she reaches a fearsome decision: she determines to reshape reality in an attempt to end the Despiser's evil and her son's suffering. However, her purpose requires her to find Loric's krill, a weapon abandoned among the Hills of Andelain millennia ago. And she needs the aid of friends and allies who will turn against her if she reveals her intent. Attacked by enemies old and new, and harried by strange beings with ambiguous agendas, she strives toward Andelain. But the ravenous skurj are rising, and all of her actions appear to serve her worst foes.
Joseph Delaney - The Spook's: Slither's Tale
My name is Slither, and before my tale is finished, you'll find out why . . . Slither is not human. Far from the Spook-protected County, he preys upon humans, sneaking into their homes to gorge upon their blood while they sleep. When a local farmer dies, it's only natural that Slither should want to feast on his lovely daughters. But the farmer has offered him a trade: in return for taking the younger girls to safety, Slither can have the eldest daughter, Nessa, to do with as he wishes . . . Slither's promise takes him and Nessa on a treacherous journey where enemies await at every turn. Enemies that include Grimalkin, the terrifying witch assassin, still searching for a way to destroy the Fiend for good.
David Baldacci - The Christmas Train
Tom Langdon, a weary and cash-strapped journalist, is banned from flying when a particularly thorough airport security search causes him to lose his cool. Now, he must take the train if he has any chance of arriving in Los Angeles in time for Christmas with his girlfriend. To finance the trip, he sells a story about a train ride taken during the Christmas season. Thereupon begins one of the most hilarious-and heartwarming-journeys ever told. Along the way, Tom encounters a ridiculous cast of characters, unexpected romance, and an avalanche that changes everyone's Christmas plans. As the mighty Southwest Chief chugs along, Tom learns what really makes the holiday special in a remarkable novel that will charm all who read it.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Selected Poetry of Keats
This is an entirely new selection of Keat's finest poetry containing all his best known work as well as a sample of less familiar pieces. Keats published three volumes of poetry before his death at age twenty-five of tuberculosis and, while many of his contemporaries were prompt to recognize his greatness, snobbery and political hostility led the Tory press to vilify and patronize him as a "Cockney poet." Financial anxieties and the loss of those he loved most had tried him persistently, yet he dismissed the concept of life as a vale of tears and substituted the concept of a "vale of Soul-making." His poetry and his remarkable letters reveal a spirit of questing vitality and profound understanding and his final volume, which contains the great odes and the unfinished Hyperion, attests to an astonishing maturity of power.
Ismeretlen szerző - The Archaeology of People and Territoriality
What is place? What is territoriality? And, how and why do we interact with these spatial concepts? More importantly and pertinent to this volume, how do we as archaeologists and anthropologists identify these spatial concepts within our respective material culture records? It is becoming increasing clear that the intricacies of place, however subtle, are heavily influenced by the way people run their lives. Intricacies such as symmetry and linearity play an essential role in the concept and design of place. These components usually display traits of complex hierarchical societies. However, many complex societies are formed and governed by different mechanisms by such mechanisms as knowing, experiencing and controlling place. The Archaeology of People and Territoriality, edited by George Nash and Dragos Gheorghiu, draws together a series of papers from around World, dealing with such issues as how ceramic and bone and antler designs moved across Late Mesolithic landscapes, the symmetry of field and irrigation systems and the concept of ritual landscape to Andean communities in Chile and socio-ritual behaviour within space occupying Australian rock-art. This volume, published by the award-winning Archaeolingua Press comprises sixteen thought-provoking chapters and will have great appeal amongst archaeologists and anthropologists who have interest in the way humans interact with place.
John C. Maxwell - Thinking for a Change
At the heart of John C. Maxwell's brilliant and inspiring book is a simple premise: To do well in life, we must first think well. But can we actually learn new mental habits? Thinking for a Change answers that with a resounding "yes" -- and shows how changing your thinking can indeed change your life. Drawing on the words and deeds of many of the world's greatest leaders and using interactive quizzes, this empowering book helps you assess your thinking style, guides you to new ones, and step by step teaches you the secrets of: Big-Picture Thinking -- seeing the world beyond your own needs and how that leads to great ideas. Focused Thinking -- removing mental clutter and distractions to realize your full potential. Creative Thinking -- stepping out of the "box" and making breakthroughs. Shared Thinking -- working with others to compound results. - Reflective Thinking -- looking at the past to gain a better understanding of the future ...and much more. Here America's most trusted and admired motivational teacher examines the very foundation of success and self-transformation. Illuminating and life-changing, Thinking for a Change is a unique primer not on what to think, but how to best use one of your most precious possessions: your mind.
Keri Arthur - Circle of Desire
Damask circle 3 In ten years of working for the Damask Circle, shapeshifter Katherine Tanner has never come across anything that goes after kids the way this monster does, and she has never met anything that does to them what this thing does. And it’s not something she wants to confront. But with the Circle’s resources stretched to the limits, she’s given very little choice. The last thing she needs is interference from a cop who has no idea what he’s up against. Ethan Morgan’s niece is one of the missing children and he has every intention of not only defying the odds and bringing her back alive, but of catching the monster behind these kidnappings and bringing her to justice. Even if he has to break every law in the country to do it. And he’s willing to use anyone and everyone to achieve those aims–even a crazy woman who claims to be a witch. Forced to join forces, Ethan and Kat are drawn to each other, but fight their feelings as they struggle to uncover clues that will lead them to the monster’s lair and battle a seemingly endless supply of zombies and other dead things determined to stop them. But time is ticking away and both know the monster behind these kidnappings rarely keeps her victims alive for more than seven days. And four of those have already gone. But the greatest threat to Kat might not come from the forces of darkness gathering around them, but from the man she is beginning to love. Because Ethan is a werewolf…and the full moon is rising…
Ken Akamatsu - Negima! 1.
DON'T TOUCH THAT WAND! Ten-year-old prodigy Negi Springfield, has just graduated from magic academy, and in order to become a master mage he is sent to Japan to teach English at an all-girls middle school. But Negi has a bigger dream than just becoming a master mage. He wants to find his missing father, "The Thousand Master", the strongest mage that has ever lived. And he soon finds that searching for his father wont be as easy as he first hoped. In fact, it pushes him and his students into life-or-death battles that decides the fate of millions. Don't judge this manga from the first few chapters, action quickly becomes a major focus of the manga.
Paula Danziger - Amber Brown Goes Fourth
Amber Brown isn't entirely ready for fourth grade. She has her pens, pencils, new clothes, and new shoes. But the one thing she doesn't have is her best friend, Justin Daniels. Justin has moved away, leaving Amber utterly best friend-less. Amber knows Justin can't be replaced, but she is on the lookout for a new friend. Brandi seems a likely choice - but does Brandi want to choose Amber in return? Will Amber Brown go fourth, and go forth, with a new best friend?
Yukio Mishima - Death in Midsummer
Recognized throughout the world for his brilliance as a novelist and playwright, Yukio Mishima is also noted as a master of the short story in his native Japan. Here nine of his finest stories, selected by Mishima himself, represent his extraordinary ability to depict a wide variety of human beings in moments of significance. Often his characters are modern Japanese who turn out to be not so liberated from the past as they had thought.
Paula Danziger - Amber Brown Is Green with Envy
Having her parents live in the same town isn't working out as well as Amber had hoped. Since she's staying at her dad's over Christmas vacation, she doesn't get to go to Disneyland with her mom and aunt Pam. When her mom gets back, she tells Amber that she and Max are getting married soon and are going to look for a new house - maybe even in a new town! And then, when Amber is meant to see a movie with her dad, he goes out on a date instead. Some kids have parents who are still together. Some kids don't ever have to move. Some kids seem to have no problems - making Amber Brown green with envy.
Michael Coles - Basil Lord - Access to English - Getting On - Workbook B
The ten units in this new edition provide revision and practice material for Chapters 1 - 10 of Getting On, the second book of Access to English. Each unit should be used after working through the relevant chapter of the coursebook. There are three sections to each unit: Grammar Practice Ś Lists and tables of the grammar taught in the relevant chapters Ś Written exercises Ś Oral exercises designed for group and pair work Words and Phrases Ś Lists of the new words and phrases of the chapter — arranged either in sets or con-textualized in mini-dialogues — with phonetic transcriptions Ś Two Wordgames designed for enjoyment as well as vocabulary-building and stress and spelling practice Communication Practice Ś Two or three enjoyable activities which take as their starting-point a function or topic area included in the chapter and allow students to put the language of the coursebook to more varied and communicative use.
Paula Danziger - Amber Brown Is Feeling Blue
Amber Brown has a big decision to make: spend Thanksgiving with Mom in Walla Walla, Washington, or with Dad in New York. Amber does not want to choose, but the grown-ups are leaving it up to her. Things only get worse when she goes to school and meets the new girl, Kelly Green. No one in the class has ever had a two-color name like Amber Brown. Home. School. Nothing is going right! Amber Brown is most definitely feeling blue.
Ronald Decker - Art and Arcana
Art and Arcana provides a throughtful and well-researched commentary on The Medieval Scapini Tarot. Ronald Decker guides the reader through the history of Tarot while reflecting upon fifteenth century Italy and the wonderful -- and sometimes humorous -- artwork that comprises this lavish deck. Luigi Scapini created a deck that was rich in style and historical attributes, and here is a companion text worthy of partnership with his deck. Ronald Decker is an art historian and has written previous tarot books in collaboration with Sir Michael Dummett and Thierry Depaulis.
Gary Staff - German Battlecruisers of World War One
This is the most comprehensive, English-language study of the German Imperial Navy's battlecruisers that served in the First World War. Known as Panzerkreuzer, literally "armored cruiser," the eight ships of the class were to be involved in several early North Sea skirmishes before the great pitched battle of Jutland where they inflicted devastating damage on the Royal Navy's battlecruiser fleet. This book details their design and construction, and traces the full service history of each ship, recounting their actions, drawing largely from first-hand German sources and official documents, many previously unpublished in English.
Susan Hill - The Risk of Darkness
Simon Serrailler in love at last — in the third crime novel about Susan Hill’s fictional Detective Chief Inspector. Simon Serrailler’s story began in The Various Haunts of Men (about a serial killer against a background of alternative medicine) and continued with The Pure in Heart (about a kidnapped schoolboy against a background of the “innocence” of children and the handicapped). Susan Hill is not afraid to tackle difficult issues, or face up to the realities of stress in a busy police station. Her third crime novel, The Risk of Darkness, equally compulsive and convincing, follows up the child abduction and explores the crazy grief of a widowed husband, a derangement that turns to obsession and threats, violence and terror. Meanwhile, handsome, introverted Simon Serrailler, whose cool reserve has broken the hearts of several women, finds his own heart troubled by a feisty female priest with red hair. The Risk of Darkness is packed with action and adventure. Like Various Haunts, it hinges on a terrific twist that comes as a complete surprise to the reader.
Paula Danziger - Amber Brown Wants Extra Credit
Amber Brown is in deep trouble. Lately, no matter what she does, it isn't enough. She straightens up her room? Sort of. She does her homework? Well, most of it. And she agrees to meet Max, her mother's new boyfriend? But she doesn't agree to like him. Now her mother is angry, her teacher wants all of her homework, and Max keeps trying to make her laugh. What's Amber to do? All she wants is a little extra credit. She really tries... But how will she succeed?
David Rakoff - Fraud
From This American Life alum David Rakoff comes a hilarious collection that single-handedly raises self-deprecation to an art form. Whether impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window during the holidays, climbing an icy mountain in cheap loafers, or learning primitive survival skills in the wilds of New Jersey, Rakoff clearly demonstrates how he doesn't belong-nor does he try to. In his debut collection of essays, Rakoff uses his razor-sharp wit and snarky humor to deliver a barrage of damaging blows that, more often than not, land squarely on his own jaw-hilariously satirizing the writer, not the subject. Joining the wry and the heartfelt, Fraud offers an object lesson in not taking life, or ourselves, too seriously.
Paula Danziger - I, Amber Brown
Amber Brown loves the holidays. But this year, the season is bringing big changes. Amber's dad has moved back to New Jersey, which means shared custody. Soon Amber feels as if half of her belongs to her mom and half of her belongs to her dad. Amber decides that she needs to claim something for herself, and when the topic of ear-piercing comes up, she knows just what she's going to do! After all, don't her ears belong to her? Full of all the fun, humor, and realistic dialogue that Paula Danziger's famous for, this is a winning entry in the ever-popular series.