Although many of the examples used in the book are charmingly dated, the cautions are timeless. Statistics are rife with opportunities for misuse, from "gee-whiz graphs" that add nonexistent drama to trends, to "results" detached from their method and meaning, to statistics' ultimate bugaboo--faulty cause-and-effect reasoning. Huff's tone is tolerant and amused, but no-nonsense. Like a lecturing father, he expects you to learn something useful from the book, and start applying it every day. Never be a sucker again, he cries!
Even if you can't find a source of demonstrable bias, allow yourself some degree of skepticism about the results as long as there is a possibility of bias somewhere. There always is.
Read How to Lie with Statistics. Whether you encounter statistics at work, at school, or in advertising, you'll remember its simple lessons. Don't be terrorized by numbers, Huff implores. "The fact is that, despite its mathematical base, statistics is as much an art as it is a science." --Therese Littleton
Although the language and examples used are quite dated (the book is over 60 years old) ‘How to lie with Statistics’ provides very easy to understand examples of the various... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Schaub
Good write-up of the power of numbers wielded inappropriately (by chance or by design). If you are not deep into mathematics in general and statistics in particular, this is a must... Read morePublished 9 months ago by JohnV
This is a gift for my randson who is struggling a bit with statistics. The book makes it fun and demystifies the topic.Published 9 months ago by Kathryn Belzer
A must read for anyone who's ever wondered how there are so many statistics and metrics flying around that all seem to contradict each other. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Umar Ahmed
Although "How to Lie with Statistics" is a bit dated (having been written in the 1950's), the principles it puts forth are still valid today--if not moreso than ever--and... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by John Nolley II
How to Lie with Statistics is a fun and informative look at the was in which statisticians try to decieve the public with misleading statistics. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2003 by Brian
If you are a visual person -who prefers graphics and charts to text- and have taken no statistics course in your entire life, this book is a perfect fit for you. Read morePublished on Aug. 21 2003 by Mert Cubukcu
I had to read this book for my high school AP statistics class. I truly enjoyed reading this book. My dad had to read the same while he was in college 30 years ago. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2003 by Kelly Clements
How To Lie With Statistics is a simple explaination of the ways numbers can fool you. Darrell Huff's humor makes the topic of statistics more interesting and personal than you... Read morePublished on July 31 2003