Never Enough Numbers
Robert J. Samuelson on the usefulness of statistics
HISTORICAL STATISTICS OF THE UNITED STATES:
Edited by Susan B. Carter, Scott Sigmund Gartner, Michael R. Haines, Alan L. Olmstead, Richard Sutch, and Gavin Wright. Cambridge Univ. Press. 4,489 pp. $825 ($990, beginning in Nov.)
The great appeal of statistics is that they tell stories. Consider these numbers from the latest...