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One of the most important books I've read - not just this year, but ever ... For me, what's most important about The Better Angels of Our Nature are its insights into how to help achieve positive outcomes. How can we encourage a less violent, more just society, particularly for the poor? Steven Pinker shows us ways we can make those positive trajectories a little more likely. That's a contribution, not just to historical scholarship, but to the world (Bill Gates)
Brilliant, mind-altering...Everyone should read this astonishing book (David Runciman Guardian)
A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement. Pinker convincingly demonstrates that there has been a dramatic decline in violence, and he is persuasive about the causes of that decline (Peter Singer New York Times)
[A] sweeping new review of the history of human violence...[Pinker has] the kind of academic superbrain that can translate otherwise impenetrable statistics into a meaningful narrative of human behaviour...impeccable scholarship (Tony Allen-Mills Sunday Times)
Written in Pinker's distinctively entertaining and clear personal style...a marvellous synthesis of science, history and storytelling (Clive Cookson Financial Times)
A salutary reality-check...Better Angels is itself a great liberal landmark (Marek Kohn Independent)
Pinker's scholarhsip is astounding...flawless...masterful (Joanna Bourke The Times)
Selected by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011 (New York Times)
Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. Until 2003, he taught in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. He conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as The New York Times, Time and Slate, and is the author of six books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate and The Stuff of Thought.
Amazing book. Allowed me to rethink everything being said about mankind in newspapers driven to sell newspapers. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Rick Williamson
One can only agree with every one else who has read this masterpice: its wonderful optimistic Reading, and written with calrity and admirable control of language. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Per Sodersten
Will surely become a classic. One of the more important books I have ever read. It completely destroys the anti-modernism, anti-enlightenment dogma that has become so trendy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philip Vandermerwe
Haven't finished the book yet so don't take this review as the final word...
Generally this is a highly thought provoking book but suffers a little bit from a muddled... Read more
This very weighty, but readable book is a triumph of scholarship and a trove of information concerning the true violent past of mankind and our actual less violent present chapter... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elliott E. Tepper
Biased, unsubstantiated, cherrypicked, classist, racist, right-wing, imperialistic, nonsense. For a thorough debunking of this utter drivel, please read 'Reality Denial: Steven... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Philip Bellew
In his book “The Better Angels of our Nature” Steven Pinker claims that we’re probably living in the most peaceful era in human history. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Hugo
Like all of Pinker's books this is work of the very highest level of scholarship. The breadth of his research, knowledge and understanding is breathtaking in its scope. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Orpheus