Book Review – Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — And Why Things Are Better Than You Think

Book by Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Hans Rosling, and Ola Rosling

I randomly discovered Factfulness through their website gapminder. It is after taking a test on the same website (which I failed heavily) that I felt challenged. I was so inaccurate on world basic facts. I kept scrolling the website, saw some pictures, then went to the search engine again and typed Hans Rosling.

It was sad to find out that Hans had succumbed to pancreatic cancer. He had worked tirelessly to the last day of his life in drafting the book.

There is a lot I didn’t know about the world before opening Factfulness. I legit didn’t know the world’s population. I knew Asia for instance had the highest population but not by what percentage. I knew nothing about vaccination. Hans worked as a doctor in Africa, Asia and around the world; I was charmed to find out how he used data to demystify the myth that divides the world into two groups, that is, the rich and the poor. He proposes dividing the world into four income levels which I think makes sense. Level 1 level 2 level 3 and level 4.

Though factfulness rule of thumb he explains why people are conditioned to think in a certain way and why they shouldn’t. This book has upgraded my knowledge and I am grateful to have read it. I was curious to find out where my country level is and was happy when he mentioned it in the book