In a cultural climate where media spokespeople discuss "alternate facts" and there seems to be little consensus on the prevailing reality, this is a very timely book. Han Rosling, an international health care expert, demonstrates how even educated people can allow outdated assumptions and generalizations to distort their understanding of the world - in complete defiance of actual statistics. Often, because dramatic crises or disasters are attention-getting, we also forget to note the many positive changes occurring more slowly across the globe, from decreases in extreme poverty to overall gains in education and equality. You are likely to come away from this book with a more hopeful (and data-driven) perspective on global development, plus some cognitive tools to analyze news in a "factful" way.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)