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How I Learned to Understand the World

A Memoir

Hans Rosling with Fanny Härgestam

Flatiron Books

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ISBN10: 1250266890
ISBN13: 9781250266897


256 Pages



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This is a book that contains very few numbers. Instead, it is about meeting people who have opened my eyes.

It was facts that helped him explain how the world works. But it was curiosity and commitment that made the late Hans Rosling, author of the bestselling book Factfulness with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund, the most popular researcher of our time.

How I Learned to Understand the World is Hans Rosling’s own story of how he became a revolutionary thinker, and takes us from the swelter of an emergency clinic in Mozambique, to the World Economic Forum at Davos.

In collaboration with Swedish journalist Fanny Härgestam, Hans Rosling wrote his memoir with the same joy of storytelling that made a whole world listen when he spoke.


Praise for How I Learned to Understand the World

"In this deeply personal memoir, Rosling takes account of his life with the goal of exploring how he came to understand the world . . . His memoir is kind, humane, and unflinchingly honest."—John Keogh, Booklist

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On February 5, 2016, I spoke to my doctor on the phone. What he said meant that writing this book became a priority. I had been prepared for bad news, and it was. The diagnosis was pancreatic cancer.

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About the author

Hans Rosling with Fanny Härgestam

Hans Rosling was a medical doctor, professor of international health and renowned public educator. He was an adviser to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and co-founded Doctors Without Borders in Sweden and the Gapminder Foundation. His TED talks have been viewed more than 35 million times, and he was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Hans died in 2017, having devoted the last years of his life to writing Factfulness.

Elisabeth Toll

Hans Rosling's TED Talks