The Better Angels of Our Nature Why Violence Has Declined

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Publisher's Synopsis

"If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this-the most inspiring book I've ever read." -Bill Gates

A provocative history of violence-from the New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, and Enlightenment Now.

Believe 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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780143122012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 303.609
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxviii, 802
Weight: 778g
Height: 231mm
Width: 153mm
Spine width: 57mm