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  • Written by: Darrell Huff
  • Narrated by: Bryan DePuy
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How to Lie with Statistics

Written by: Darrell Huff
Narrated by: Bryan DePuy
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Darrell Huff's celebrated classic How to Lie With Statistics is a straightforward and engaging guide to understanding the manipulation and misrepresentation of information that could be lurking behind every graph, chart, and infographic. Originally published in 1954, it remains as relevant and necessary as ever in our digital world, where information is king - and as easy to distort and manipulate as it is to access.

A precursor to modern popular science books like Steven D. Levitt's Freakonomics and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, Huff runs the gamut of every popularly used type of statistic; probes such things as the sample study, the tabulation method, the interview technique, and the way the results are derived from the figures; and points up the countless number of dodges that are used to full rather than to inform. Critically acclaimed by media outlets like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and recommended by Bill Gates as a perfect beach listen, How to Lie With Statistics stands as the go-to book for understanding the use of statistics by teachers and leaders everywhere.

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What the critics say

"A hilarious exploration of mathematical mendacity.... Every time you pick it up, what happens? Bang goes another illusion!" ( The New York Times)
"In one short take after another, Huff picks apart the ways in which marketers use statistics, charts, graphics and other ways of presenting numbers to baffle and trick the public. The chapter 'How to Talk Back to a Statistic' is a brilliant step-by-step guide to figuring out how someone is trying to deceive you with data." ( The Wall Street Journal)
"A great introduction to the use of statistics, and a great refresher for anyone who's already well versed in it." (Bill Gates)

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good book but I would recommend reading it rather than listening. kind of hard to stay on track and if you get lost in your mind for a few seconds you get really lost in the book.

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This book didn’t take long to listen to and I learned some key take aways when it comes to statistics that I think everyone should be aware of, as I see many people are easily fooled by numbers and marketing strategies. I thought it was funny that this was a Bill Gates suggested read considering..

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Nothing revolutionary in this book. A lot of leftist thinking as well. A topic like this should be presented more neutrally. Either way like I said, if you've ever taken a statistics course, don't bother yourself with this book.

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