“As Henry G. Felsen, a humorist and no medical authority, pointed out quite a while ago, proper treatment will cure a cold in seven days, but left to itself a cold will hang on for a week.
So it is with much that you read and hear. Averages and relationships and trends and graphs are not always what they seem. There may be more in them than meets the eye, and there may be a good deal less.”
Now, with everyone calling fake news on everyone else, is as good a time as any to read a book like this one, though it was originally published in 1954. It lays out myriad ways that factual, but very misleading, statistics can be used to fool an audience (of one or many) to believe whatever the author wants the reader to believe.
And there are many clever ways to do it. This short book is your guidebook to both doing it and detecting it, so as not be a victim.
You Should Read How To Lie With Statistics IF: You want a crash course in discernment of “trusted” stats so you can catch people in their bullshit.