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How to Lie with Statistics


Updated on Apr 30, 2017   •   Darrell Huff   •   non-fiction  •  books

Don’t judge a book by its cover. Also, I do not plan on using statistics to deceive people. This 1954 book is as relevant in 2017 as it was then. Using anecdotes, cartoons, and light humor, Darrell Huff does a great job explaining how easy it is to use phony data for deceiving people. Sometimes, even true data can be presented in a convincing way pandering to our visual perception (it’s not what it looks like). I found this short, old, comical, but informative book, which I found by chance while discharging books at the Olin Library, quite intriguing and precise (with stats and graphs).