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Fresh from illustrating our State of Man survey this month, Esquire contributor David McCandless has gone and published his first book, Information is Beautiful.

An original, intelligent and witty presentation of the alarming volume of data we're subjected to on a daily basis, this essential tome investigates everything from global warming to dictators' wives and fashion trends to time travel, all in visually stimulating, text-light form. The acme of coffee-table miscellanea? We reckon so.

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Out now, £20 (HarperCollins)

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