When you learn how to analyze information, you are really learning how to think. In this concise, clearly-written guide, Herbert E. Meyer shows how to cope with the overwhelming amount of information that's available today. And he outlines the seven steps anyone must take to get the right information, and then use this information to form judgments, reach conclusions, make decisions, and create new ideas.
Meyer knows his subject: For his work as an intelligence official during the Reagan administration, he was awarded the US National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Today he is among the world's most respected global commentators.
Radio talk-show host Jeff Rense calls this guide "The best value I have ever seen....A set of keys to the kingdom of knowledge." Thomas Lifson of American Thinker says that this guide "tackles the characteristic dilemma of our age: how to cope with the deluge of data made available via the internet, and come up with meaningful and usable knowledge." John J. McGonagle, author of Proactive Intelligence, says this: "If you are training someone to be an analyst, or you are teaching a class about the basics of intelligence analysis, or you know someone in college who needs to understand how to research and do analysis, I commend this book without reservation."
Excerpts from How to Analyze Information:
We are living now through the early decades of the Information Revolution, and it's a miracle of human energy and ingenuity. Never before has so much information been available, so easily and inexpensively, about so many subjects...
The most important thing we've learned is that information is like water. It's vital to our lives; we cannot survive without it. But if too much pours over us — we drown.
Since information is the raw material of decision-making, the first step is to figure out what you need to know....