BOOK REVIEW- FACTFULNESS by Hans Rosling
“Where is the world heading these days?”, “How would you describe the current global scenario, keeping in mind all the aspects?” If you were asked these questions, I am sure most of you would answer using statements like, “Everything is going down the hill, there is no improvement at all!”, “Things are getting worse with each passing day!”. And I am also sure most people think the same. The rising concerns, be it social, economic, environmental, cultural or any other domains, across the globe are undeniably worrying. But what if someone says that it is not as bad as you think it is. And in reality, it is so much better than you suppose. Sounds unbelievable, right? Well, this book, Factfulness, is here to prove us all wrong.
More about the book
Factfulness is a non-fiction book that has been admired worldwide. In the book, Hans Rosling tells us how tinted our perception of the state of the world is. We are ignorant about the wide array of positive changes that are taking place around us and only focus on the superficial part (almost all of which portray a negative and disturbing image). Most indices, such as poverty, infant mortality, per capita wages, healthcare and welfare, disease-related deaths, children vaccinated, literacy rate, gender equity, and so on, are improving. Throughout the book, Rosling keeps asking readers questions, to which, he says, even the smartest of the people gave the wrong answers.
Rosling urges you to trust that the world is progressing and getting better, and he proves so using data and statistics. However, there is still a lot that needs to be improved, and hence, we need to be on the lookout for bad things, he suggests. Not just this, Rosling also discusses ten instincts that keep people from seeing justifiable changes in the world. He calls them the “Dramatic instincts”. Besides talking about these instincts, he provides valuable tips on how to transcend our ingrained biases. He also argues that, nowadays, categorizing countries into “Developed” and “Developing” has become absurd, and even presents more understandable and practical alternatives to classify them.
The book is filled with an abundance of charts, graphs, and pictures, which makes it a lot more insightful and convenient to grasp. The writing style is comprehensible and stimulating. As I have already pointed out, Factfulness is a very popular book and liked by many renowned people including Barack Obama and Bill Gates. “Factfulness is one of the most educational books I’ve ever read”, Bill Gates affirms. There is, in fact, a full-fledged review of the book published by him on his blog, www.gatesnotes.com. I think the importance of this book cannot be accentuated more than this. Do give it a read!