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How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information

Alberto Cairo (University of Miami)



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15 October 2019
Media studies; Economics & Business; Economic statistics; Probability & statistics
Today, public conversations are increasingly driven by numbers. Although charts, infographics, and diagrams can make us smarter, they can also deceive?intentionally or unintentionally. To be informed citizens, we must all be able to decode and use the visual information that politicians, journalists, and even our employers present to us each day. How Charts Lie examines contemporary examples ranging from election result infographics to global GDP maps and box office record charts, demystifying an essential new literacy for our data-driven world.
By:   Alberto Cairo (University of Miami)
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   484g
ISBN:   9781324001560
ISBN 10:   1324001569
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   15 October 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami. The author of several textbooks, he consults with companies and institutions like Google and the Congressional Budget Office on visualizations. He lives in Miami, Florida.

Reviews for How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information

This book offers a succinct, elegant, accessible look at the ways data can be represented or misrepresented and is a perfect primer for anyone who cares about the difference. I loved this book!--Charles Wheelan, author of Naked Statistics Funny, engaging, and mathematically correct...A must read for anyone who wants to stay informed.--Cathy O'Neil, bestselling author of Weapons of Math Destruction Alberto Cairo has written a wise, witty, and utterly beautiful book. You couldn't hope for a better teacher to improve your graphical literacy.--Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and presenter of More or Less Alberto Cairo shares great examples of data visualization and storytelling for anyone who wants to dig into their data.--Dona Wong, author of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics A picture may be worth a thousand words, but only if you know how to read it. In this book, Alberto Cairo teaches us how to get smarter about visual information by reading charts with attention and care. I found a lot to steal here, and you will, too.--Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist This book will open your eyes to how everyone uses visuals to push agendas. A master visual designer, Alberto Cairo shows you how to read charts and decode design. After this book, you can't look at charts with a straight face!--Kaiser Fung, author of Numbers Rule Your World

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