"Revised and updated edition of a standard in the field. Alerts readers to the problems, inherent in statistical practice-illustrating the types of misused statistics with well-documented, real-world examples, nearly half new to this edition, drawn from a wide range of areas, including the media, public policy, polls and surveys, political elections and debates, advertising, science and health care, and business and economics."
"Outstanding reviews for a classic work that has gone into multiple printings!. . . superb. . . .this book succeeds in what it sets out to do. . ..Its strongest features are the multitude of superb examples, the excellent chapter summaries, the engaging writing style, and the consistent presentation of material at an appropriate level for general readers. "
---Journal of the American Statistical Association
"delightful. . . .extremely useful: delightful, with lots of everyday examples from media, politicians, elected or appointed officials. "
---American Journal of Economics and Sociology
"impressive. The examples used. . .are impressive in their clarity and variety. The cumulative effect is a compelling demonstration that the use and misuse of statistics are more widespread and influential in our culture that one might suppose. "
---American Journal of Physical Anthropology
"well-written. . . .a well-written book emphasizing understanding and reasoning. "
"informative. . . .informative and entertaining. . .an excellent resource. "
". . .the second edition updates much of the earlier material with contemporary examples and includes new misuses that have appeared in the interim."
---ISI Short Book Reviews
Setting the stage; categories of misuses; know the subject matter; definitions; quality of basic data; graphics and presentation; methodology - a brief review; faulty interpretation; surveys and polls - getting the data; surveys and polls -analyzing the data; the law of parsimony - Ockham's razor; thinking - lack of forethought, lack of afterthought; ectoplastics; the body politic - governments and polititions; afterword.