David J. Hand is well known for his famous book Principles of Data Mining. He also wrote an introductory book Statistics – A Very Short Introduction. This 124 pages book is a journey in the world of statistics. Although the book is mainly for beginners, it is a refreshing reminder for statisticians and people in related fields such as data mining and machine learning. Hand covers data collection and processing, summary statistics, selection bias, missing data, probabilities and inference, among others. He has the (rare) faculty to explain statistics without equations and graphs. Really advised!