How to Lie with Statistics

Narrated by: Bryan DePuy
Length: 3 hrs
Categories: Money & Finance, Economics
4.5 out of 5 stars (338 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Now available in audio for the first time!

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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Critic Reviews

"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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No longer deceived

This book is very useful to the business minded and those continuously expanding their awareness of self and their surroundings.

What I like about the book is that it's a treasure trove of great information that can be applied to real life. Older books tend to be a little more bearable, in my opinion, because they are free of the fallacy of having to read out website links like most book made after the year 2000.

My only dislike stems from my replaying of certain parts because it's filled with so much statistical information that if you miss a number, you can't deduce the point he was trying to convey. This wouldn't be a problem for someone who is listening at home doing nothing. But for most audible listeners who must likely are driving or doing something else, It's very hard to focus on those parts.

Overall I give it a 4.7.

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Dated examples but good content

This book has great content but the examples are vey dated. Pay attention to when it was originally written not when the audio book was recorded, but that's my only complaint.

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Great, quick listen!

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Although this is an old book, it really made me think about false statistics and fake news...seems really applicable in today's world.

What does Bryan DePuy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

How has this guy not narrated anything else? He was great! Really factual tone, very easy to listen to.

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Timely For 2020 If Not Timeless in Essential Value

Having listened to a handful of books during my 45 minute work commute over the last few years, I can say that one of the most helpful books (in an immediate, day-to-day kind of sense) is "How to Lie with Statistics" by Darrell Huff and read by Bryan DePuy. This book was originally published in 1954 and is certainly timely for 2020 if not timeless in its essential value. The crooks already know these tricks...Honest men must learn them in self-defense. I recommend this book.

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Dated

It’s a good book for like a high schooler or freshmen in college. But it’s pretty dated and needs an update.

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A MUST Read for everyone!

This is an eye opener! Epic read. it will change the way one looks at everything!

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Great examples. Reinforces awareness.

If you’re looking for an easy listen that’ll remind you, or teach you why, statistics should be taken in with a weary eye. This is your book.

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Dated but valid!

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This book pointed out some extremely important observations about statistics and their use in society. The book itself is quite old – 1950s, and it really could stand to be rewritten with more modern examples: the idea of $15,000 a year being a huge salary and about $4 a week being sufficient for survival is ludicrous! Even still, pointing out the importance of sample size, consistent graphs, complete definitions of "average", etc. is definitely a good reminder at least! The examples may be dated, but they still succeed in exhibiting the great lies and misrepresentations that are possible – and practiced – by advertisers, science, and the news! Little in the book was previously unknown to me, but it was good to have it all condensed in one book. I still wouldn't mind if it were rewritten with more modern times in mind.

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You MUST read

It isn't a book to teach statistics, it teach your brain to see where the data is put in corrects numbers but with strategies to trick you, and simple agree with what you see.

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Very Interesting

This is a wonderful book that opens up your mind to all the ways people can miss use statistics for their own c
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