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Stat-Spotting: A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Data

by Joel Best

Does a young person commit suicide every thirteen minutes in the United States? Are four million women really battered to death by their husbands or boyfriends each year? Is methamphetamine our number one drug...


Everyone's a Winner: Life in Our Congratulatory Culture

by Joel Best

Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians-of the same class. Cars sport bumper stickers that read "USA-Number 1." Prizes proliferate in every...


Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists

by Joel Best

Here, by popular demand, is the updated edition to Joel Best's classic guide to understanding how numbers can confuse us. In his new afterword, Best uses examples from recent policy debates to reflect on the...


The Stupidity Epidemic: Worrying about Students, Schools, and America's Future

by Joel Best

First Published in 2011. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.