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Stephen Dubner is a co-author of FREAKONOMICS, the No. 1 business book that hit the bestseller lists on its first day in print and continues to be phenomenally popular in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and around the world. FREAKONOMICS has introduced to the world a new way of thinking – a way of getting beneath the surface of modern life – and the title itself has become a catchphrase spoken everywhere from college campuses to corporate boardrooms. The book has won numerous awards and is now being made into a TV show and a documentary film; its way of thinking also lives on the popular FREAKONOMICS blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe,” and is hosted exclusively on the The New York Times website.

Stephen J. Dubner's favorite books

  1. Choice And Consequence By Thomas C. Schelling

    Book Cover: Choice And Consequence By Thomas C. Schelling
    (economics, business books)

    "Choice and Consequence by Thomas Schelling. From one of the most creative economists in history, a hugely readable and vastly educational look at how economic thinking can be applied to any aspect of life. It was good to see that Schelling finally won the Nobel Prize this year, primarily for his work in game theory.?"

  2. The Immortal Game by David Shenk

    Book Cover: The Immortal Game by David Shenk
    (business books, children books, IT books, food and cooking, health, history, literature and fiction, mystery and thrillers, nonfiction, parenting, religion and spirituality, romance, science, teens)

    "Before reading David Shenk’s wonderful new book, I had at best a casual interest in chess. It seemed too ancient to untangle, too complex to decipher with any real appreciation. But Shenk, in a book filled with daring moves and cunning patience, has made a believer out of me."

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Why should you listen to him?

After Stephen Dubner profiled the economist Steven Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, he and Levitt were beset by queries and riddles – from General Motors and the New York Yankees and U.S. Senators but also from parents, prisoners, and a man who sold bagels on an honor-payment scheme. That’s when Dubner and Levitt decided to team up and write the book that became FREAKONOMICS. An award-winning author, journalist, and TV personality, Dubner has been an editor and writer at The New York Times, taught English at Columbia University, appeared regularly on Good Morning America and World News Tonight, and, in college, he started a rock band that was signed to Arista Records. He is the author of two previous books, Choosing My Religion and Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper, as well as a new children’s book, The Boy With Two Belly Buttons.

  1. Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner

    Book Cover: Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner
    (economics, business books, nonfiction, science)

  2. The Boy With Two Belly Buttons by Stephen J. Dubner

    Book Cover: The Boy With Two Belly Buttons by Stephen J. Dubner
    (children books (Ages 4-8), children books)


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