Painting by Numbers cover Using examples drawn from polling data, medicine, climate modeling, and more, PAINTING BY NUMBERS is the essential toolkit for evaluating the numbers that shape our lives. How well do you know what you think you know? If you’ve ever pored over election polling data, argued about climate change, or read an article describing the latest study on a topic you care about, PAINTING BY NUMBERS is for you. Written in an entertaining and approachable style and with humorous illustrations to help explain complex modeling concepts, PAINTING BY NUMBERS, Jason Makansi’s fourth book, is an essential tool for making sense of the numbers shaping modern society.

Here’s what others had to say:

“I read it without stopping. Some examples are brilliant, some are hilarious. All are disturbingly relevant.”
– Mark Glaess, former Executive Director, Minnesota Rural Electric Commission

“There’s a desperate need for every literate person to understand this.”
Dr. Elton McGoun, Accounting and Business Professor, Bucknell University

“The voice from this book lingers. I thought I normally questioned everything. Now I’m even more consciously aware.”
– Ronald Gombach, The Gombach Group &
“What is truth? Pontius Pilate’s question echoes two millenia later as numbers have become the oracle where we seek the truth. But who is fact-checking- and method checking – the oracles? In the wake of 2016’s wrong predictions, Painting by Numbers provides a prescient look at why Pilate’s question remains unanswered.”
– Dr. Stephen Werner, Religious Educator, Author, and Social Philosopher

Contact us if you’d like Jason to speak at your event. Representative events:

– Minnesota Cooperative Utility Executive Think Tank
– EUCI Managing the Digitally Integrated Power Plant
– Combined Cycle and Combustion Turbine Operator’s Task Force Users Group
– What California’s Electricity Policy Means for the Western United States: Workshop held in Sacramento, CA and Portland, OR



Jason Makansi, founder of Pearl Street, is a prolific author, respected industry thought leader, and sought-after communicator. He has spoken to industry, business and community groups on energy and economic issues and has taken his message of the importance of electricity infrastructure and investment to thousands of listeners across the country. His third book, Lights Out: The Electricity Crisis, the Global Economy, and What It Means to You, was called a “must read for anyone even slightly interested in the adequacy of the U.S. power sector and what the future may hold,” and received glowing reviews from industry observers and critics in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the St. Louis Post Dispatch to name just a few. Today, he is at work on his fourth book.


Lights Out

Lights Out is a fast paced, no-holds-barred account of what is wrong in our electricity sector and how we might get it back on track, written by someone who has been in the business long enough to know what he is writing about.
—Leonard Hyman, author of America’s Electric Utilities: Past, Present, and Future (Wiley, 2007)

An Investor's Guide

Divided into three sections-“The Industry,” “The Investor,” and “Case Studies”-this book introduces readers to the most current and relevant industry trends, critical insights and research based on the author’s tested methodology, and the companies and technologies that are transforming the industry. (Wiley, 2002)

Managing Steam

Jason Makansi’s first book, written while he was an editor with Power magazine, the book provides a clear, easy-to-understand technical guide to commercial, industrial and utility systems. (Chem/Mats-Sci/E, 1986)