- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Flatiron Books (April 3 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250107814
- ISBN-13: 978-1250107817
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 3.4 x 21.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think Hardcover – Apr 3 2018
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“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates
“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?” ―The Financial Times
“[Factfulness] throws down a gauntlet to doom-and-gloomers in global health by challenging preconceptions and misconceptions [and] is a fabulous read, succinct and lively… This magnificent book ends with a plea for a factual world view. Rosling was optimistic that this outlook will spread, because it is a useful navigational tool in a complex world, and a genuine antidote to negativity and hopelessness.” ―Nature
"Like any good statistician, Rosling uses the tools of his trade (namely, graphs, charts and lots of questionnaires) to argue we're doing too much feeling and not enough thinking when it comes to assessing the world…His goal is to change the way we see the world." ―Business Insider
“In an accessible, almost folksy prose, Rosling identifies various reasons why so many of us have ended up with so many faulty ideas about our world.” ―Booklist
“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” ―Melinda Gates
"In Hans Rosling’s hands, data sings. Global trends in health and economics come to vivid life. And the big picture of global development―with some surprisingly good news―snaps into sharp focus." ―TED
"Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world." ―Nature
“If you need a break from the mainstream media message about how the world is falling apart, I can highly recommend this fact-filled and super fun book. In fact, I might even suggest that this book should be the starting place for any kind of discussion about economics, politics, and the state of the world in general.” ―Seeking Alpha
About the Author
Hans Rosling was a medical doctor, professor of international health and renowned public educator. He was an adviser to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and co-founded Médecins sans Frontières in Sweden and the Gapminder Foundation. His TED talks have been viewed more than 35 million times, and he was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. Hans died in 2017, having devoted the last years of his life to writing Factfulness.
Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans's son and daughter-in-law, were co-founders of the Gapminder Foundation, and Ola its director from 2005 to 2007 and from 2010 to the present day. After Google acquired the bubble-chart tool called Trendalyzer, invented and designed by Anna and Ola, Ola became head of Google's Public Data Team and Anna the team’s senior user experience (UX) designer. They have both received international awards for their work.
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You might think a book about facts, or stats, will be boring to read. Not at all here. Rosling keeps the facts human through his use of real life stories which illustrate the data.
The world is doing better than what we see in the media. The attention to health care and education is helping change basic income for the entire world. While he doesn't write from a perspective of Faith, more as a citizen and steward oft the world, I read it through a lens of Faith. I know that it was early followers of Jesus that elevated the importance of reaching out to lower income and marginalized people, and Rosling acknowledges the importance, throughout history and modernity, the importance of meeting people in the lower income brwxket, level 1 as he calls it, where they are and in their specific need.
That's my perspective. If you're not a person of faith, don't worry, because you'll also be encouraged by this book. The world is doing well, and our civilized and cooperative efforts these past two centuries need to continue. Helping people and communities in Level 1 helps all of us. And that's a good thing.
Borrow or buy the book. Whatever it takes. But read it.
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