How to Lie with Charts

Published By: iuniverse

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Business & Economics

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Reviewed by Bob Pike, CSP, CPAE Speakers Hall of Fam
Chairman/CEO - The Bob Pike Group, Founder/Editor of The CTT Newsletter

When is the last time you sat in a meeting and wondered if the PowerPoint charts you were being shown really represented the truth? In fact, most of us just accept visual data as true. We don't question it at all. It's almost like the people who believe anything in print, because, after all, it is in print—especially in the newspaper!

This book is less about how to use charts to lie and more about how to arm yourself so that others can't lie to you. It is filled with humorous, yet all-too-real-life examples of how each of the most commonly used charts and graphs (bar, line, pie, etc.) can and has been used to deceive people—to lead them to conclusions that just aren't supported by the data.

Jones also gives easy-to-follow guidelines for choosing the right graphic representation for the right data—so that you can persuade powerfully, accurately, and quickly! This book is a quick read and a ready reference. Managers and executives need to understand this information to make better decisions. Those responsible for creating the visuals used for presentations will want it to ensure the best possible representation of their data.

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