Friday, October 22, 2010

A New Low at EPJ

When publishers send along new books to EPJ, as policy, I will either review the book or at least mention I have received the book.

Thanks to the publisher of SuperFreakonomics, I have now stooped to a new low. They didn't send me the book, just an image of the cover.

I have never been a big fan of Freakonomics (see Inside The Mind Of Steven D. Levitt : A Review of Freakonomics), so maybe it's a shrewd move by these cheap bastards to only send me an image of the cover.

This book is apparently a coffee-table version and includes, according to their promo blurb:
A by-the-numbers tally of a high-priced call girl's career, and a tracking sheet from an intensive survey of Chicago street prostitutes.
The blurb goes on:
Whether probing the intricacies of sex change operations, the effectiveness of child car seats, or what really motivates people to do good, the Illustrated Edition of SuperFreakonomics employs photographs, drawings, and graphs...
What more can I say? I'm thinking you really don't need this book for yourself and there is certainly no reason you would want to give this book to a friend. But, if you are somehow in a delicate position where you are required to give a gift to someone you really don't like, say Paul Krugman, then this book could really do the trick.


  1. Dear Rob

    Don't get too upset about publishers just sending you the cover. It's the best part


  2. Looks like the cover image was snapped at a Gallagher show.

  3. Wenzel,

    Don't judge a book by its... oh, nevermind!

  4. The last chapter of that book was the funniest thing I have ever read.

    Monkeys and money - fn hysterical.