P R A I S E F O R D A M N E D L I E S A N D S T A T I S T I C S
"The narrative flows easily, and all the points are driven home with
engaging examples from real life. I found Best's book a delight.
Always engaging, it is accessible to a lay reader, yet will reward the
expert; the examples it gives could enrich both a primary schoolroom
and a university lecture hall."
N a t u r e
"Invaluable counsel for good citizenship."
"This informative and well-written little book will be a particularly
worthwhile addition to libraries' collections and will help all readers
become savvier and more critical news consumers.'
- Publichers Weekly
"Whether we like them or not, we have to live with statistics, and
Damned Licc and Sratictics offers a useful guide for engaging with
their troublesome world. Despite the temptation to be cynical, the au-
thor of this timely and excellent work cautions the reader against re-
acting in such a way to statistics. What we are offered is an approach
that helps us to work out the real story behind those numbers."
T h e Independent
"Deserves a place next to the dictionary on every school, media, and
T h e Boston Globe
"A clearly written primer for the statistically impaired. It is as impor-
tant to discussions of public policy as any book circulating today."
- The Christian Science Monitor
''Definitely a must for politicians, activists and others who generate or
use statistics, but especially for those who want to think for them-
selves rather than take as gospel every statistic presented to them."
- Neu Scientict
"Damned Liccand Sratictics is highly entertaining as well as instructive.
Best's book shows how some of those big numbers indicating big so-
cial problems were created in the first place and instructs the reader
(and reporter) how to be on guard against such gross manipulation.
And it doesn't take an understanding of advanced mathematics to do
so thanks to this book, which ought to be required reading in every