How to Lie with Statistics

  • by Darrell Huff
  • Narrated by Bryan DePuy
  • 3 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Richard

Great book!

As a public employee with a lot of exposure to evidence based interventions, this book is a must read / listen to.
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- Matt

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-24-2016
  • Publisher: Publishing