Yes, this book does deserve its title in all caps.
Written by Cathy O’Neal, who loves numbers possibly more than I do, this book does an excellent job of showing the public all of the algorithms that rule our lives that aren’t ideal and why they aren’t ideal. In a non-mathy way, which makes me quite sad and why I have rated this book 4/5. I wanted my math!
Back to the book. What makes this book great is O’Neal doesn’t just talk about the worst WMDs (Weapons of Math Destruction – and remember that, because that is how she refers to them) but also covers some systems that DO work really well and WHY they work.
If you are frustrated with the outcomes that keep coming up in your life, read this book. If you hate math but want to understand what is going on with all those ads, how what you do can affect so many different things throughout you life!
Well written and easy to read, this book was flowing and well paced. A good read, I don’t want to spoil this for anyone interested. It’s worth the read and no single part is better than the rest. If you are interested in what controls so many things around you, read this. Read this now.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.