Darrell Huff (July 15, 1913 – June 27, 2001) was an American author, and so is best known as the author of How to Lie with Statistics (1954), the bestselling figures publication of the second half of the twentieth century.
Huff was created in Gowrie, Iowa, and educated at the University of Iowa, (BA 1938, MA 1939). Huff served as editor of Better Homes and Gardens and Liberty magazine before turning to writing in 1946. As a freelancer, Huff made hundreds of "How to" comprise posts and composed at least three novels, the majority of which worried household projects. One of his projects was a prize-winning house in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, where he lived till his death.
Stanford historian Robert N. Proctor composed that Huff "had been paid to testify before Congress in the 1950s and again from the 1960s, with the delegated job of ridiculing any notion of a cigarette-disease link. On March 22, 1965, Huff testified at hearings on cigarette labeling and advertising, accusing the current Surgeon General's record of myriad failures and 'fallacies'."
First and foremost, however, Huff is credited with presenting data to a generation of faculty and high-school pupils on a level that was meaningful, available, and practical, while still managing to educate complex mathematical theories. His most famous text, How to Lie with Statistics, remains being translated to new languages. His books are printed in over 22 languages, and continue to be used in classrooms around the world.
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