I have to say Superfreakonomics hardly lived up to my expectations, which were justified by the sheer awesomeness of the first book. The economic keenness is back, as with the remarkable level of statistical detail one wouldn’t find in the average newspaper – but the structure of the book was woefully confusing/confused unlike the first. There are five chapters broadly covering – I’m not sure what exactly. Where the first book was segmented into different fleshed out and interesting case studies with accompanying economic tenets to be gleaned, each chapter in Super is a hodgepodge of tangentially related anecdotes segueing without warning into the next. Devoid of fresher sociological insight this time round, far less engaging topics are chosen. No one wants pages of justification for seat belts or quirky solutions to global warming, though.
Maybe this is unfair since sequels to bestsellers are mathematically predisposed to fail (regression toward the mean); in any case, it’s a tough job speaking economics and being a fun read at the same time – most books can’t even manage either of the abovementioned criteria on their own – but there’s no doubt that Superfreakonomics is guilty of Overhype. Go sit in that corner beside Avatar, you!