*the #1 Sunday Times bestseller * instant New York Times bestseller * #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller * * Irish Times bestseller * Audio bestseller * Guardian bestseller * ‘One of the important books I’ve ever read – an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.’ BILL GATES *BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week* ‘Hans Rosling tells the story of “the name of the game silent miracle of human progress” as only he can. But Factfulness does a lot more than that. It also explains why progress is so steadily secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.’ MELINDA GATES Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. 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 incorrect. So incorrect 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, at the side of 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 at all times instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we will lose our ability to concentrate on the things that threaten us most. Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book in an effort to change the way you see the world.