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The Truthful Art by Alberto Cairo
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it was amazing
bookshelves: dataviz

I was already of the big fan of The Functional Art, Alberto Cairo's previous book, and this one is just as good, i.e., excellent. On top of it, it's a gorgeous book, with a ton of examples illustrating all the principles of data visualization Cairo explains, all in glorious colors, demonstrating the power of data visualization. Cairo weaves in some very mild statistical content in there (mostly descriptive stuff). But overall, the book is mostly about using visualization appropriate for the data, what one wants to communicate, in the most effective way. On top of it, Cairo's writing style is crystal clear, friendly, and humble, which makes this book appropriate for any audience.

This book will be my main text for the dataviz section of my undergraduate curriculum on data science.

Highly recommended. Can't wait for the next one.
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Reading Progress

March 1, 2016 – Started Reading
March 1, 2016 – Shelved
March 1, 2016 – Shelved as: dataviz
March 2, 2016 –
page 50
12.5%
March 12, 2016 –
page 90
22.5%
March 20, 2016 –
page 120
30.0%
March 22, 2016 –
page 142
35.5%
March 23, 2016 –
page 172
43.0%
March 24, 2016 –
page 188
47.0%
July 6, 2016 –
page 233
58.25%
July 9, 2016 – Finished Reading

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