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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.

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

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Must read for all statistics courses

This book is a classic that tells it how it is. It provides a lighthouse through the fog.

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Good information but a lot of it is well known now

This book is worth reading / listening to, but these days a lot of the information presented is common knowledge. I did learn a little from it, but not a whole lot.

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In a world of fact checking...

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Good information

I thought it may be dated die the publishing date. Not all. great insight to the deceptive deeds of some statistics

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informative

I enjoyed the book very much. it revealed many interesting realities of numbers and marketing.

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Written in 1954!

The world has not changed much! Statistics require extensive probing by the listener if the listener allows it to support the presenters position. Should be required.to listen to or read in high school!

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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.