Unlike any time before in our lives, we have access to vast amounts of free information. With the right tools, we can start to make sense of all this data to see patterns and trends that would otherwise be invisible to us. By transforming numbers into graphical shapes, we allow readers to understand the stories those numbers hide. In this practical introduction to understanding and using information graphics, you'll learn how to use data visualizations as tools to see beyond lists of numbers and variables and gain new insights into the complex world around us. Regardless of the kind of data you're working with -- business, science, politics, sports, or even your own personal finances -- this book will show you how to use statistical charts, maps, and explanation diagrams to spot the stories in the data and learn new things from it.