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Author: Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund Narrator: Richard Harries Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781501990717
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For fans of Freakonomics and Thinking, Fast and Slow, here is a book by Hans Rosling, the scientist called “a true inspiration” by Bill Gates, that teaches us how to see the world as it truly is.

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

In Factfulness, professor of international health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective—from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). Our problem is that we don’t know what we don’t know, and even our guesses are informed by unconscious and predictable biases.

It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. That doesn’t mean there aren’t real concerns. 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 audiobook that will change the way you see the world and empower you to respond to the crises and opportunities of the future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.”

    Bill Gates, business magnate and #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Wonderful…A passionate and erudite message…His knack for presentation and delight in statistics come across on every page. Who else would choose a chart of ‘guitars per capita’ as a proxy for human progress?”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “A fabulous read, succinct and lively…a useful navigational tool in a complex world and a genuine antidote to negativity and hopelessness.”

    Nature

  • “Like any good statistician, Rosling uses the tools of his trade (namely, graphs, charts and lots of questionnaires) to argue we’re doing too much feeling and not enough thinking when it comes to assessing the world…His goal is to change the way we see the world.”

    Business Insider

  • A New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

Hans Rosling (1948–2017)was a medical doctor, professor of international health, and renowned public educator. He was an adviser to the World Health Organization and UNICEF and co-founded Médecins sans Frontières in Sweden and the Gapminder Foundation. His TED talks have been viewed more than thirty-five million times, and he was listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. He devoted the last years of his life to writing Factfulness.

Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans’ son and daughter-in-law, were co-founders of the Gapminder Foundation and Ola its director from 2005 to 2007 and from 2010 to the present day. After Google acquired the bubble-chart tool called Trendalyzer, invented and designed by Anna and Ola, Ola became head of Google’s Public Data Team and Anna the team’s senior user experience designer. They have both received international awards for their work.