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Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. 

When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. 

In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and a man who can make data sing, Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens and reveals the 10 instincts that distort our perspective. 

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. 

Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 

©2018 Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Factfull

Changed how I look at things in the world and form fact based objective opinions.

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  • Hassan
  • 13/04/2018

Awakening book

This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It wakes me up and make me more humble about my knowledge of the world and my analytical capability.

It is well-written and the concepts are beautifully demonstrated.

The most important part of the book is that it is based on real life experiences that the author himself lived while he traveled to different parts of the world.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10/04/2018

A masterpiece!

Great content, better than I expected. The story was really good and I loved the examples from Hans life. It made the book more authentic.

The narrator did a great job, and made the experience very pleasant.

I can therefore recommend this book to everyone who want's to broaden there perspectives, become more sceptical, but in the same time, understand the world with a new set of eyes.

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  • Neuron
  • 09/06/2018

An antidote to panic-driven worldviews

I put this book in the same category as Pinker’s recent Enlightenment Now and the earlier Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley. The book provides a lot of facts about the world and how the world has changed over the last five decades, and the facts are indeed encouraging. Hans Rosling is careful to point out that he does not like being called an optimist because it insinuates some degree of naivety. Hans Rosling prefers to be called a realist, and I think – he sees the world as it is, including both problems and solutions. The fact that the world is getting better does not mean that it is perfect or that we can lean back and watch the show. However, it does mean that we are probably doing some things right and it is essential to identify those things so that we can keep doing them.

Unfortunately, the media are terrible at identifying things that work in the world, and they are especially poor at identifying gradual improvements in the world. Rather the media feeds on a disaster, crime, panic, and drama and since a world with 7 billion people will always have enough drama for 30 minutes of news, then that is what the media focus on, and that is what people see. Giving the media all the blame is probably not fair. The media, after all, live in symbiosis with media consumers – they tend to show what people watch and people like to attend a drama. There has been peace in Sweden for 200 years, and guess what, no war broke out today either! Amazing! No, that is not news. So how can we get out of this eternal loop of increasingly gloomy worldviews in a world where progress has never been more evident. Well, reading this book is probably a step in the right direction.

The books begin with some questions about the world. In low-income countries, how many girls finish primary school? Does the majority of the world population live in poor or middle-income countries? What is the life expectancy in the world today? What percentage of the world population are vaccinated today? People, because of their gloomy worldview, tend to get these questions completely wrong. Hans Rosling likes to compare the accuracy of different groups (including politicians and people working at the world bank who really ought to know the answer), to that of chimps. The chimps almost always outperform us because they don’t know anything about the world and therefore guess. But guessing turn out to be better than systematic pessimism, which seems to be the default among humans.

In the remaining part of the book, Rosling revisits each of these questions and based on data from undisputed sources he explains why, in all except one case, the correct and is also the most favorable answer. Poverty is going down drastically. Most people in the world live in middle-income countries. The percentage of girls finishing primary school is almost the same as for boys etc. Intermingled with these more data-driven passages, Rosling includes personal anecdotes from his long career as a public health worker. These anecdotes are fascinating and add to the appeal of the book as well as to my admiration for Rosling.

There are a few surprises in the book. One is Rosling’s claim (based on hard data), that progress does not depend on democracy. Countries such as South Korea, the home of LG, Samsung, Kia, etc., had enormous growth while it was still a military dictatorship. Only later has it become a well-functioning democracy. Rosling is also ambiguous when it comes to activists. He says that activists do drive changes, often in the right direction. However, he also argues that they are prone to exaggerations. Women’s activists, for example, tend to spread the news about how women suffer, but not about the progress such as the fact that girls today are almost as well educated as boys, globally speaking.

For a book that is relatively short, Rosling has managed to include a great deal of data that I think every person in the world should know. Again, not so that we can pad our shoulder and call it a day, but rather so that we can identify what works and continue to do what works. The book is also an enjoyable read with a good flow and a nice mix of anecdotes and data to back up those anecdotes. I think that Bill Gates did a wise thing when he made this book available to all college graduates in the US, and I hope that all college graduates grasp their opportunity to read this excellent book!

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  • Alexandru
  • 01/05/2018

A must read for everybody

No matter how well informed you are Factfulness is a useful book. It is not only about facts but also about approaching the world with critical thinking even to contradict this book, I am sure Hans would not mind. I think that under all the modern noise, under all the fake news, all the manipulating politicians, a bit of factulness is exactly what the people need.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18/04/2018

Spectacular and humbling

It just completely demolished my world view. I became much more humble, yet strangely optimistic about the world. RIP Mr. Rossling. Your factfullness is here to stay with me.

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  • Ricardo Linhares
  • 10/12/2018

important book for schools

This should be taught in schools. It's a very direct way of showing kids how the world works, in times of avalanches of misleading information.

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  • Werhner Wangra
  • 04/12/2018

Absolute rubbish!

This book is a great example of the sharpshooter fallacy. Facts are cherry-picked with scant analysis of any data counter to the author's ideology.

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  • Bjorg
  • 29/11/2018

mustread

I simply love this book. I have both read it and listen to it. I strongly recommend to get it also in the print version to have a look at the statistics.

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  • Steve Lane
  • 28/11/2018

Things are way better than e thought!

Loved it. A wonderful read. Should be compulsory reading for all barstool negaholics! Read our twice. It would put a smile on your face! 😊

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14/11/2018

Really good

AWESOME
Loved the audio book
Narrator was really good
I Recommend it
Sad ending though

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  • Robsky
  • 14/09/2018

Essential reading

Most of us think the world is getting worse, so we get depressed, blame others and vote for change. The rise of nationalist parties, populist leaders and events such as Brexit may have been averted if more of us had realised the truth: the world is gradually and steadily getting better. While there is still plenty to do and we need to act faster, we should be encouraged by our progress as it shows we can improve the world. So how do we avoid having the wrong view of the world and making the wrong choices going forward? We read This book and start to focus on real facts rather than the drama we absorb in the media.

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  • Elizabeth Duck
  • 13/11/2018

Data is key

If you read one book this year let it be this one! A truly uplifting and inspiring book and world view.

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  • Lukas
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Mind-altering experience

Explains the ideas in a relatable, humble and funny manner. A book I'll reread often.

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  • Yona Paproth
  • 03/10/2018

Super Buch!

Rosling schafft es mit packenden Beispielen und statistischer Evidenz gekonnt auf die verzerrte Wahrnehmung unserer Welt aufmerksam zu machen. Absolut Empfehlenswert!

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  • Dorothee
  • 30/09/2018

I Learned a lot! <br /><br />

Great facts about the future and why we should be very cpnfident fespite the challengrs.

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  • Olaf Winsson
  • 13/09/2018

This should be taught in schools

In my opinion, this book is an absolutely essential read for everyone trying to form opinions about the development of our societies and politics and would also like to avoid fallacies, fake news, and influencers with intent. This topic should be on our schools' curricula.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10/09/2018

Höchst unterhaltsam die Welt neu kennen lernen

Hans Rosling und seinem Team gelingt es auf eine sehr angenehme Art und Weise darzustellen, dass sehr vieles was ich über die Welt zu glauben meinte, nicht den Fakten entspricht. Dabei hatte ich nie das Gefühl belehrt zu werden, sondern vielmehr die Welt buchstäblich mit neuen Augen zu sehen.

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  • cravingstories
  • 07/09/2018

Convincing, well-structured & with concrete tipps

"Factfulness" presents a well-structured, convincing argument that does not only explain why our brains are so in love with the dramatic world view but also what concrete tools and techniques we can use to steer them towards a more accurate and less stressful fact-based one. I think that citing so many studies and pieces of information was a great choice and all diagrams etc. are described in a way that makes it easy to visualize them. However, I still found it very helpful to look at the pdf in between chapters to make sure I didn't miss anything and was delighted to find a summary of both the most important points and concrete tipps at the end of it.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 21/08/2018

one thing is I needed the audiobook to get through

great book. Narrator was spot on.. a hard read i imagine. eye opener. life changing

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  • Oaksl
  • 28/07/2018

This book changed how I see the world!

Highly recommended! The books shows you many different ways in which you misperceive the world.