How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff is now available in audio for the first time ever!
More than 60 years after its initial publication, we're thrilled to be able to finally bring this classic into audio, narrated by Bryan DePuy. A favorite book of Bill Gates and used in classrooms all over North America, this book will entertain and educate as Huff draws back the curtain and exposes the secrets behind the way statistics are used to present information that's not quite as it seems. As of February 18th, 2016, this title will be available for digital streaming and download in North America, with physical CDs soon to follow. Check out the book description and praise below for more information.
Darrell Huff's celebrated classic How to Lie With Statistics is a straight-forward 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 pre-cursor 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, or the way the results are derived from the figures, and points up the countless number of dodges which are used to fool 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 read, How to Lie With Statistics stands as the go-to book for understanding the use of statistics by teachers and leaders everywhere.
"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."
- 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