- Paperback: 302 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 2 edition (October 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419651439
- ISBN-13: 978-1419651434
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gerald Everett Jones has written more than 25 books on computer and business topics, including Murphy’s Laws of Excel (Sybex), Freelance Graphics for Windows: The Art of Presentation (Prima), Real World Digital Video (Peachpit Press), and 24P: Make Your Digital Movies Look Like Hollywood (Thomson). His professional career spans all phases of digital media production and distribution, including book packaging, Web development, and film-look video.
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Put another way, Jones shows the reader what to look out for when reading charts prepared by others. Jones also offers guidance and suggestions to readers for how to present data in a clear, unambiguous, and meaningful manner. As such, the book covers both defensive (what to watch out for when reading charts) and offensive (how to present charts clearly) aspects of charts...and the messages charts tell.
While basic in many ways, there are some important and useful ideas covered in this book. I recommend this book more to readers with little experience reading and/or preparing charts than to those readers with deep experience in such activities.
In a time where everyone wants to "get rich quick" without much effort these days, this book has caused me to perk up my ears and question certain things before assuming what someone is CHOOSING to illustrate to me (or not) using a chart. In this analysis, Gerald has given just about every single example and illustration out there that I can think of to make an informed decision about the meaning of any chart one uses. He gives quick useful information to help you understand everything from the type of chart to the power of colors, layouts, and even something as small as the format of a date or placement of a line.
It's a book that causes you to think of the power we all have with the data we are given or choose to present. Choosing to make a highly complex bomb just because we have the knowledge to, or using that same knowledge to help prevent people that use those bombs is the message I take away from this book. In short, using "How to Lie with Charts" as Gerald explains is really up to each one of us. Use it to inform yourself, or use it to lie, you the individual really must decide this for yourself. So choose wisely.