complete list here.) This may be helpful if you need to buy gifts for bookworm friends or relatives:
Related to infographics
• Isabel Meirelles' Design for Information. I praised this book recently, so I'm not going to repeat my comments here. This one is simply mandatory if you are interested in design.
• Stephen Few's Information Dashboard Design, 2nd edition. I wrote a blurb for its back cover, so you may guess that I really like it.
• Tom Koch's Disease Maps. I'm a fan of Koch's previous book, Cartographies of Disease, which I used as a reference for this article about John Snow. Disease Maps is a nice follow-up.
• Charles Wheelan's Naked Statistics, one of the best introductions to quantitative thinking I've seen.
• Kaiser Fung's Numbersense, which collects stories and lessons about how to use data for understanding —or about how to misuse them, to confuse yourself and your readers.
• A.C. Grayling's The God's Argument. This is my absolute favorite this year. Don't be misled by its title. This isn't a rant against religion, but a rich and elegant discussion about why secular Humanism is the best foundation for knowledge and morality human beings have devised.
• George Packer's The Unwinding. Journalistic reporting at its best.
• Donald R. Prothero's Evolution. I mentioned this one when discussing good introductions to the scientific method. It's terrific.
• Jaron Lanier's Who Owns the Future. Get it if you're curious —or concerned— about what challenges digital technologies pose.
• Napoleon A. Chagnon's Noble Savages, a memoir of enduring life inside the most ruthless communities in the world: The Yanomami and Cultural Anthropology.