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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think Hardcover – 3 Apr 2018

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (3 April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473637465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473637467
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.2 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonderful... a passionate and erudite message that is all more moving because it comes from beyond the grave... His knack for presentation and delight in statistics come across on every page. Who else would choose a chart of "guitars per capita" as a proxy for human progress? (Financial Times)

Factfulness is a fabulous read, succinct and lively. It asks why so many people - including Nobel laureates and medical researchers - get the numbers so wrong on pressing issues such as poverty, pandemics and climate change... a just tribute to this book and the man would be a global day of celebration for facts about our world. (Nature)

I had very high expectations; the book exceeded them. Superb guide to the world and how to be wiser about it. Great storytelling. An inspiration. (Tim Harford)

A wonderful guide to an improving world, as well as being a well-stocked source of sound advice as to how to think about factual and statistical claims . . . The book is a pleasure to read - simple, clear, memorable writing - and when you've finished you'll be a lot wiser about the world. You'll also feel rather happier . . . "Factfulness" - the relaxing peace of mind you get when you have a clearer view of how the world really is . . . I strongly recommend this book. (Tim Harford)

An assault both on ignorance and pessimism . . . helping countries improve their governance and public health and opening them up to the rule of law and market exchange works. But not by some sort of magic. Because we act. And to this, as Rosling argues, we first have to understand the world we live in. (Daniel Finkelstein, The Times)

We need more of this way of thinking, both in business and politics. Where better to start than a new book by one of Gates' favourite gurus, the late Swedish statistician Hans Rosling . . . in an age of so-called post-truth, this is a celebration of the all too often repudiated but underlying story of relentless human progress. (Jeremy Warner, Sunday Telegraph)

thoroughly researched and clearly written . . . this is a measured, objective, and ultimately optimistic account of where we are and how we got here. (Independent)

Factfulness has the power to shift your entire perspective. If you want to understand the world, read it now! (Rolf Dobelli)

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Bestselling books about statistics are as rare as unicorns. One that gets to No.1 is as rare as a lunar unicorn. Factfulness by Hans Rosling is that moon-based creature . . . engaging. (Times)

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A timely, short and essential book about the power of facts in a post-truth world, by late international sensation Hans Rosling ('a true inspiration' - Bill Gates) and his long-term collaborators Ola and Anna.

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