Book Review: Factfulness

Ironically my friend who lend me this book never read it but advocated for it 😀


When asked simple questions about global trends – why the world’s population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty – we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.
In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and a man who can make data sing, Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens, and reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective.
It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most.
Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world.

My opinion

Oh my fucking god it was an epic book! For once critics were right, this is a must read, a masterpiece and a must have!! Very eye opening! I felt so biased about everything around me and about life in general! I am now intrigued and interested in critical thinking and in how the media and the numbers presented to us are biased and supporting theories instead of the reality of the world.

Factfulness starts with a quizz about general knowledge, serving as a starting points for the author theories and lessons to be learned. The knowledge shared is straight to the point and written in a very scientific and understandable way. I was feeling super uncomfortable throughout my reading as each chapter kept on challenging my believes and knowledge. It also felt like brain rewiring as the author kept on providing tools to train the brain to be less anxious and more analytical and critical.

The author is clearly passionate about the subject of world progress and how we are striving to convince ourselves that it is not the case. He makes a lot of compelling cases and drops knowledge at each section. He doesn’t hesitate to breakdown misconceptions and mass media manipulation.

I love the Swedish authors and their book about Business and self help. They are the best! They have a special way of writing about complex theories and making knowledge more accessible to the masses. They have a peculiar way of showing people how wrong they are about life and society, even the most illuminated ones of us 😀

Factfulness is a book that states, with data and figures, that the world we live in is fine. And that the world is at its best shape, in contrario to the everyday doomsday announced in the media and isn’t afraid to tackle sensitive subjects such as climate change and the activism behind it all.

I am definitely gonna read it again for sure and gift it to people around me as there are many subjects and topics that I am dying to discuss with people!! I even offered it to my therapist 😀