Book 239 – Factfulness

Book – Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Author – Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund

Year – 2018

Pages – 325

Genre – Non-Fiction

Some of the news that we hear about the world is downright scary. The change in the way that politicians deal with what is happening around us concerns me, and many of my friends. Climate crisis and extreme poverty seem to be rife, and I often find myself wondering what we are going to do, or indeed if there is anything that we can do! Whilst that sounds like I am catastrophising, it is a genuine concern sometimes, and as I have gotten older, I have found that my thoughts are increasingly turning to this kind of issue.

For anyone who is worrying about this however, Dr Hans Rosling is on hand to explain that things are not all quite as desperate as you might think. I mean, they are pretty bad, but actually many of the issues that you hear about regularly are not quite as bad as you might think. From overpopulation, to extremism, Rosling goes into some real depth to explain that much of the worry in the world is based far more on the way that these things are represented to us than the actual analysis behind them.

Much of the detail is not worth me recounting here (and in absolute honesty, I read this book in July and am writing this rather tardily in October so much of the minute is somewhat lost to me right now), but I encourage all of you to read this book. It left me feeling somewhat lighter, and like some of the things that worry me most, we are actually capable of dealing with.

9/10

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