Amazoncom damned lies and statistics skip to main content from the community try prime all. Damned lies and statistics text only1st first edition by j best hardcover 2001 by jbest author be the first to review this item see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions price new from used from hardcover 2001 please retry 2809 . I cannot remember exactly how this book came across my radar but damned lies and statistics is written by joel best to be a sort of intro level lesson on critical thinking regarding social statistics statistics specifically those pertaining to social issues are complex to create and integral to nearly every level of society. Lies damned lies and statistics is a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments. Damned lies and statistics untangling numbers from the media politicians and activists edition 1 available in hardcover the first statistics were meant to influence debates over social issues the term acquired its modern meaning numeric evidence in the 1830s around the time that new york reformers estimated that the city had
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