Beautiful News: Positive Trends, Uplifting Stats, Creative Solutions

Harper Design. Jan. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9780062188243. pap. $29.99. REF
McCandless (The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia) acknowledges in his introduction that it can be difficult to see the positive things happening around the globe “because we’re fixated on the negativity of the news.” Through his colorful, attractive, and easy-to-understand infographics, this volume should help readers discover good news and better understand important and complex topics. The infographics are categorized under topics such as health, climate, nature, money, and women and girls. McCandless highlights a variety of inspiring facts; for instance, world hunger has reached its lowest point in 20 years, more women are working in government around the world (compared to 1997), and some endangered animals, such as the snow leopard and the black rhinoceros, are rebounding in numbers. McCandless states in the introduction that he felt a bit brighter—even hopeful—while working on this book; readers will come away from this work feeling optimistic too.
VERDICT Recommended for anyone looking for a more positive perspective on current events.
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