Review of The Better Angels of Our Nature
From BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE by Steven Pinker. Summarized by arrangement with Viking, an imprint of Penguin Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
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Steven Pinker – Harvard psychology professor, best-selling author of The Sense of Style and one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World Today” – presents a dizzying, immense, revelatory re-evaluation of violence globally, now and throughout history. His central thesis, which he defends with research, charts, graphs, surveys of history and psychological theory, is that worldwide violence has declined to – and currently holds at – historically low levels. A diligent scan of Pinker’s tome – combined with deep reading of selective chapters – may change your understanding of the evolution of human society and make you feel thankful: We live in a time of unprecedented peace.
About the Author
Steven Pinker is a Harvard College professor and the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His books include The Sense of Style, The Blank Slate, Words and Rules, How the Mind Works and The Language Instinct.
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