- Paperback: 1056 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (4 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141034645
- ISBN-13: 978-0141034645
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
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The Better Angels of Our Nature: A History of Violence and Humanity Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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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)
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'His book will change the way you see the world ... Pinker's powerful ideas, vivid stories and sparkling prose make this hard to put down' Daily Mail
'May prove to be one of the great books of our time ... he writes like an angel' Economist
Wasn't the twentieth century the most violent in history? In his extraordinary, epic book Steven Pinker shows us that this is wrong, telling the story of humanity in a completely new and unfamiliar way. From why cities make us safer to how books bring about peace, Pinker weaves together history, philosophy and science to examine why we are less likely to die at another's hand than ever before, how it happened and what it tells us about our very natures.
'Masterly, a supremely important book ... For anyone interested in human nature, it is engrossing' The New York Times
'Marvellous ... riveting and myth-destroying' New Statesman
'A marvellous synthesis of science, history and storytelling, written in Pinker's distinctively entertaining and clear personal style ... I was astonished by the extent to which violence has declined in every shape, form and scale' Financial Times
'An outstandingly fruitful read, with fascinating nuggets on almost every page' Sunday Times, Books of the YearSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
So why only four stars? I think that the book is too long and repetitive. Is there really a need to quote from the same Paul Simon song twice, or to repeat lists of excruciating mediaeval tortures at regular intervals? Like the old preacher, Pinker tells us what he's gonna tell us, then he tells us, then he tells us what he told us.Read more ›
attempted three times - only ever got as far as 350 pages.
i found it repetitive and long winded.
i have enjoyed a lot of pinker's other books and i thought that the subject matter seemed fascinating.
overworked and under stimulating.
Despite the complexity of some of the issues it discusses, the book is written in a style that makes it very easy to read.
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Comprehensive and certainly thought provoking. It is a walk through the statistics with arguments supporting their interpretation. Read morePublished 27 days ago by timballoo
This is a large tome so you have to stick with it. The early chapters are very numbers orientated which can be a slog. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NRF
A very important book which demonstrates the advance made by human beings in dealing with innate violencePublished 4 months ago by T J Boatswain
Brilliant, comprehensive, informative, sobering and inspiring story about morality and human cognition, engaging lesson of history and psychology plus several other areas of... Read morePublished 6 months ago
Brilliant and insightful book. Lots of data well researched and delivered beautifully in an overall uplifting read. Thank you Mr PinkerPublished 7 months ago by markusad2014
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