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Numbers Paperback – September 15, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Anita Roddick Books (September 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954395921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954395926
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,598,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I live in the South Downs, in Sussex, and write in a small green hut at the end of the garden - mainly about history, politics, economics and the future. I find that history now absorbs me the most, from Richard the Lionheart to Enigma and with a great deal in between. I try to recapture some of the spirit, even the magic, of the past - I've also written quite widely about fairies (I find this doesn't sit easily with writing about economics, but I still wrestle with holding the two sides together...).

I've found myself more recently writing about codes and the navy, which is a lifelong fascination, and - most recently - writing about family members as well, in Unheard, Unseen (about early submarines) and my great-great-grandfather is the central figure in Scandal.

But then, where the magic and the economics can potentially come together is in fiction - notably in my Leaves the World to Darkness (fairies) and The Piper (money).

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That's the only drawback. We have trouble relating to some of these statistics because they're British or generally Eurocentric. On the other hand, all the adjectives on the cover are true. There are many eyebrow-raising facts, of both the pleasant and not-so-pleasant sort, like the humbling kind. Try the percent of people worldwide who have never made a telephone call, or the percent of people in India who have never heard of the USA.

This is a great book for anyone. As a math teacher, I leave the numbers blank and ask my students what they think. The only one for which they were generally dead on was the number of Americans who are injured by shopping carts per hour. Makes for some interesting discussion, and definitely some perspective. Could there possibly be an American version in the works? If so, the 5th star for the rating is on its way!
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Great Coffee Table or Bathroom book. You don't need to read it all at once.
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I bought this book while trying to buy another book called Numbers. When I saw my error, I thought it might be fine as I like these types of numbers. But, at 96 pages, thin, not much per page, I returned it even though I lost money doing it. Pretty weak. The Harper's Index from Harper's Bazaar magazine gives you about as much per issue. And has a book. And is more compelling generally. Not my vote for a great use of money, though a few nice number twists are in here.
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