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The Washington Post

Alberto Cairo wants to make you smarter about charts.

He’s a professor of visual journalism at the University of Miami, and his third book, “How Charts Lie,” is geared toward helping people make better sense of the charts, maps and other data visualizations that flood our social media feeds and nightly newscasts.

In the current political environment, he notes in the book, misinformation is everywhere. A slick chart can add a veneer of authority to shoddy or misleading data, he said, so he made it his goal to help readers avoid the common interpretive pitfalls that took him years to figure out for himself.


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