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Hendrik Hertzberg is a senior editor and staff writer at the New Yorker, where he frequently writes the opening Comment in "The Talk of the Town." Hertzberg originally joined the New Yorker in 1969, after serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He left after the 1976 Presidential election to serve as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter from 1979 until 1981. From 1981 until 1992 he was associated with the New Republic and served two terms as its editor. In 1992, he returned to the New Yorker. 
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Revised, Updated ed. edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810978458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810978454
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How big is the quantity 1,000,000? Do you know? Okay, you know it's a thousand thousands or some other multiple or metaphor. But can you think of the quantity one million and _know_ it? This book allows you to do that.
In a world where we are bombarded with huge numbers from every side with graphs and charts that show comparisons--sometimes good, sometimes not so good--this book is a revelation. Its graphics are stark simplicity: 200 pages of an array of dots, each page has 5,000 dots; every two-page spread has 10,000 dots, all arranged in rows on each page of 100 dots per row.
To keep us interested in the numbers and not numb us with visual repetition, certain dots are set aside and numbered with a particular statistic from fanciful (2: population of the Garden of Eden) to concrete for the time of the book's publication (a number in the 11,000's for the number of taxicabs in New York City in 1970). Each page is also headed with where we are in the march to 10^6.
This is not a book you "read" so much as experience. Once you page through it and understand what One Million means you can start to generalize by going back to the first page: One billion is the same as the first fifth of the dots on the first page--where every dot represents a copy of the book.
I suppose it is out of print because of the ease which anyone could reproduce it on a personal computer nowadays and the obsolesence of some of the statistics. But as an educational artifact for those who need help with their numeracy, it is priceless.
I only hope it is reprinted, or its equivalent is recreated soon for the benefit of all students of Number.
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Hendrik Hertzberg's "Politics" is the best book on politics I have ever read. Period. His "One Million" is a highly original book that makes your "feel" for numbers improve by each page. Time for a revised reprint though.
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The idea is perfect, but the call-outs are generally US-oriented trivia. This does not help the global reader, who probably are more for general interest reading, possibly 'light entertainment,' a la popcorn movie.
Try instead Everything Explained Through Flowchart.
This book follows through and finishes well on a (different) noble concept.
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This book represents a very interesting way to demonstrate to students and children what one million means.
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I am looking for the "One Million" book, (authored by Hendrik Hertzberg & published by Simon & Schuster) & the 211 page book with 5,000 dots on 200 pages numerical facts are at certain numbers, the dot number, has a fact of the number. 39 years ago I remember reading three numbers. I will title them as A, B & C. A: 2 - The population of the Garden of Eden. B: 186,282 - the exact speed of light, per second. C: 1,000,000 - one million dots in this book.
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