Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, The

Steven Pinker
A provocative history of violence—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought and The Blank SlateBelieve it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world.


Reviewed: 2018-03-21

Postive I don't remember 95% of what was said in this, considering it took me like 9 months to listen to on audiobook and it's so long. But I really enjoyed listening to it, and it was very compelling to listen to all the reasons Pinker found for why violence has declined, and the limits of empathy, and other psychological explanations. It's very good to read in this very divided time. It's very level.

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