Book Review: Superfreakonomics

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To be completely honest, when I first signed up for the course entitled ‘AP Macroeconomics,’ I truly had no idea what the ‘macro’ in the word meant. Of course I knew the meaning of economics—it’s everywhere in these trying times of the economy, plus, it was a vocab word in middle school. Now that I’ve read Super Freakonomics, I have an understanding of what the prefix in the word actually means and I find it interesting, perhaps even a future career option, or major in college. This book made me think in different ways, ways that I never imagined to think of before; in one way, I may even say it changed my life in opening my mind to different outlooks on numerous topics such as prostitution and life insurance, to using seat belts and making sure your doctor has washed his hands before that checkup—even the way money affects human (or maybe monkeys) lifestyle. Even the little statistics that made me raise my eyebrows in confusion, shock such as it being safer to drive drunk than walk drunk, this book went everywhere. It made me keep wondering what all of this had to do with the AP class I’d be taking next year—but now I see. Before I read this book, my opinion on many of the issues taken into account were somewhat different and though my opinions may have remained the same in a way, my mind is now open to the other opinions or facts of others. This assignment is based on conveying my opinion of the issues brought up in this book, and I intend on it doing so.

Like most women of this day and age, I do not stand for any sort of degradation or sexist remarks, attitudes, gestures of our gender. The first chapter in this novel is entitled, ‘How is a Street Prostitute like a Department-Store Santa?’ and the first time I read that, I had a feeling this book wasn’t going to exactly be what I thought it was—another boring AP Summer assignment book with a boring project due on the first day—well, I was definitely right, it was not boring. At first, I was confused as of how all of this would tie into macroeconomic, but to my surprise, it did indeed. Now as I said in the first sentence of this paragraph, it would be easy to assume that I am against prostitution, and you’re right, I am. It wasn’t until I read the last few pages of chapter 1 about a woman named Allie who happened to be a successful business woman who turned to prostitution for some extra money, and even when that was over, she went back to college to become an economist that my opinion may have shifted slightly. From this chapter I’ve learned that even prostitution involves much economics into the process of getting money and being intelligent to do so would help. Though my opinion of prostitution remains the same—it is wrong—I was surprised by the way women such as Allie handled through it, and was happy with the outcome. Chapter 2 also made my mind, my opinion wander such as through stories, facts, and statistics. It was entitled, ‘Why Should Suicide Bombers Buy Life Insurance?’

Think about it: who would believe a terrorist would spend money to buy life insurance if he was just to die just weeks later? Not many. And this is exactly why one should purchase life insurance to get the federal government off of his back; it would confuse the government into thinking there’s no way he could be a terrorist! It’d be a win, win, for the bad guy considering his family would also be receiving money after the business had been done. This chapter practically gives tips on how to be a good terrorist without anyone finding out about you. Terrorism is a scary thing that seems to be never ending in our world today, and though I wish it would end, perhaps even peace overcome it, it’s inevitable. This chapter does show a good point though, if one was to kill himself anyway, might as well be able to give his family money afterwards, correct? The economist whom was able to create a system to try and catch terrorists before they commit to anything, had good intentions, but even with 99...
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