Review: Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Think Like A Freak

After the phenomenal success of their book and podcast, Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner partner once again to release another revolutionary book. The duo take readers through ways of how to think outside the box, and provide examples of how its applied in real life, from philanthropy to business to sports. Part witty and part serious, the book presents a different way of seeing the world that anyone can benefit from.

Personal Take: I’m a huge fan of Freakonomics, and I couldn’t wait to start reading this book. Just as the hosts are engaging on their podcast, I was so happy to see the same narrative style of equal mix casual, funny, and informative present in the book. I really enjoyed reading the book, and the examples they provided. Even though I heard these examples on their podcast, the authors expanded on it further in the book, and I enjoyed the revelations.

The book also makes a list of things to consider when it comes to “thinking outside of the box” (a phrase I hate so much because its overused for the most nonsensical reasons, but somehow I accept it from the authors because they do know what they’re talking about). It was surprising to me to find out how basic these steps are. They’re things that we grow out of, that needs remembering again.

And that’s another thing the duo touch on; how to grow from your mistakes and to make the best from these experiences.

Always easy and engaging, this is a must read. I can’t wait to read their other books.

Audience: Even though it does touch on real life examples and interviews, I do recommend this to older teens. Of course, adults will also love it.



Other recommendations: Dubner and Levitt are also the authors of Freakonomics and their recent release, When To Rob a Bank– both on my must-read list!