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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by [Ridley, Matt]
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‘A triumphant blast on the vuvuzela of common sense’ Boris Johnson

‘A glorious defence of our species… a devastating rebuke to humanity's self-haters’ Sunday Times

‘No other book has argued with such brilliance against the automatic pessimism that prevails’ Ian McEwan

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6360 KB
  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (27 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ODI67E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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