Book Review Factfulness, Ten Reasons we are wrong about world

August 04, 2018



Genre - Journal

Year of Publish 2017

Author Hans Rosling

Pages 341

About the Author


Hans Rosling, full name Hans Gösta Rosling, was a Swedish doctor and statistician who was famous on YouTube for his series of lectures in which he used data to highlight facts and patterns. He was born in Uppsala, Sweden, on July 27, 1948, and passed away there on February 7, 2017.

He delivered "The Best Stats You've Ever Seen," his most well-known speech, at a TED conference in 2006. Statistics were used by Rosling to demonstrate a number of points, including the blurring of the lines between developed and developing nations, the improvement of global health, and the decline of extreme poverty globally. As a result of declining global fertility, the period of rapid population growth would end by the middle of the century.

Table of Contents

  •  The Gap Instinct
  •  The Negativity Instinct
  •  The Straight Line Instinct
  •  The Fear Instinct
  •  The Size Instinct
  •  The Generalization Instinct
  •  The Destiny Instinct
  •  The Single Perspective Instinct
  •  The Blame Instinct
  •  The Urgency Instinct
  •  Factfulness in Practice

Book Review Factfulness

Factfulness became a sudden hit when Bill Gates commented as "One of the most important books he ever read".

Hans Rosling covered issues like literacy, life expectancy, mortality, sanitation, per capita income, and so on to prove his point about how the world became a better place. The present generation is not only the most advanced but also the most peaceful generation mankind has ever seen.
Writer tests and explains our mind how we are wrong about the perception of the world. It is due to the fact that we are bombarded with tons of negative information as they draw more attention. Nobody discusses constructive things.

Rosling took the example of a few developed and developing countries. Their condition in the 19th to 21st century. In every case, the result has shown a progressing trend. Although every region has its own pace of progress.
The book is an eye-opener. We think our perspective of our world is the most generic one. I am sure you will be glad about seeing yourself wrong.


  1. Yes it’s absolutely correct as mentioned in the book, that we are so bombarded with negations that good things hardly comes to mind.
    Indeed a good read to change ones perspective.

  2. Definitely a good read 👍

  3. The fact that Bill Gates has endorsed this book will make many to grab it for a read just for the heck of it. But the reviewer has given more reasons to go through the book. Progress and peace of the modern day seems to have come at a serious cost, which should be a theme strong enough to make this book worth reading.


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