Damned Lies and Statistics (Hardcover)

Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists

By Joel Best

University of California Press, 9780520274709, 224pp.

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/1/2001)
MP3 CD (8/16/2016)

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Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the challenges to improving statistical literacy. Since its publication ten years ago, Damned Lies and Statistics has emerged as the go-to handbook for spotting bad statistics and learning to think critically about these influential numbers.

About the Author

Joel Best is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. His many books include Everyone’s A Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture and Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Dubious Data, both from UC Press.