BRC Book Group Discussion, Wednesday, October 3
The next Book Group gathering will be on Wednesday, October 3rd, from 7:00‑9:00PM, and will be hosted by Mona McPhee. The nonfiction book selection for October is “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think,” by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, and Ola Rosling. If you (and partner) plan on attending, please RSVP to Margaret Doman.
If you have an ODD numbered birth year, please bring a bottle of wine to share.
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“Wonderful … a passionate and erudite message that is all more moving because it comes from beyond the grave … 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?” – The Financial Times
“[Factfulness] throws down a gauntlet to doom-and-gloomers in global health by challenging preconceptions and misconceptions [and] is a fabulous read, succinct and lively … This magnificent book ends with a plea for a factual world view. Rosling was optimistic that this outlook will spread, because it is 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
“In an accessible, almost folksy prose, Rosling identifies various reasons why so many of us have ended up with so many faulty ideas about our world.” – Booklist
“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” – Melinda Gates
“In Hans Rosling’s hands, data sings. Global trends in health and economics come to vivid life. And the big picture of global development – with some surprisingly good news – snaps into sharp focus.” – TED
“Three minutes with Hans Rosling will change your mind about the world.” – Nature
“If you need a break from the mainstream media message about how the world is falling apart, I can highly recommend this fact-filled and super fun book. In fact, I might even suggest that this book should be the starting place for any kind of discussion about economics, politics, and the state of the world in general.” – Seeking Alpha