Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is a 2005 non-fiction book recently made into a documentary movie due to be released during the Fall of 2010.
What is Freakonomics?
Freakonomics was written by University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt and New York Times journalist Stephen J. Dubner. The book melds economics with pop culture. As of 2009, Freakonomics sold 4 million copies around the world.
The book is a collection of articles written by Levitt, a non-traditional economist covered diverse topics. Chapters include topics such as discovering cheating as applied to teaching and sumo wrestlers, an abortion ban in Romania and the economics of drug dealing with the low earnings and tough working conditions of crack dealers.
Freakonomics on the New York Times Bestseller List
Freakonomics reached number two on The New York Times Bestseller List. In 2006, Freakonomics was named the Book Sense Book of the Year in the Adult Nonfiction category. Many critics gave Freakonomics positive reviews. The Freakonomics blog was started by the authors to “keep the conversation going” in 2005. By 2007, the blog was incorporated into The New York Times website. The authors wrote joint columns for The New York Times Magazine since 2004.
SuperFreakonomics is the sequel to Freakonomics. SuperFreakonomics was released in Europe and the United States in October, 2009.
Freakonomics Documentary Film
A documentary film adaptation of Freakonomics was produced in 2010 by Chad Troutwine, Dan O’Meara and Chris Romano with a budget of almost $3 million. On April 20, 2010, it was a Closing Night Gala premiere film at Tribeca Film Festiva.. Magnolia Pictures has the distribution rights to release the film during the Fall of 2010.