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THE BIGGEST BESTSELLER OF ALL TIME (working title)

Sanne Blauw

  • Original Title: HET BESTVERKOCHTE BOEK OOIT (MET DEZE TITEL)
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: DE CORRESPONDENT
  • Country: NL
  • 192 print pages
  • Factual/Investigation

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  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Themes: SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Inequality, Education (illiteracy), SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations

Pitch

How have history and the media (mis)used statistics to further their own agendas? Using different characters Sanne Blauw tells the story of how statistics have shaped the world, and examines why we need to be wary.

Comments

Translation rights sold: UK (at auction), Arabic, Germany (offer)

Sanne Blauw is a Dutch journalist working for De Correspondent, for which she is the numeracy correspondent. This is her debut.

Summary

THE BIGGEST BESTSELLER OF ALL TIME is not an attack on numbers, rather Sanne Blauw argues that the individuals wielding the numbers are at fault and this book is about them. Sanne Blauw delves into their fallacies of reasoning, their gut feelings and their interests. From the psychologists who dress up their racism in statistics, to a world-renowned sexologist whose data collection is dubious at best, and to tobacco magnates who massage their figures in ways that affect the lives of millions.

THE BIGGEST BESTSELLER OF ALL TIME is also about people, the number consumers: the ones who allow ourselves to be misled and led astray. Numbers influence what we drink, eat, where we work, how much we earn, who we marry, who we vote for, whether we’re approved for a mortgage, what insurance premium we pay, whethe we get sick and get cured and even whether we live or die.

THE BIGGEST BESTSELLER OF ALL TIME aims to untangle the world of numbers so we can all distinguish when they are being used correctly, and when they are being misused. And so that we can all ask ourselves what role we actually want numbers to play in our lives.

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