The conclusion of this book is that whatever successes we may have had in reducing or alleviating misery in the world, we can do still better. This book is neither an easy nor comfortable read. The style is idiosyncratic, the topics at times decidedly uncomfortable, the conclusions personally challenging. In a shrewd look at the world around us Turner seeks and suggests answers to some of the most challenging issues of our time by asking simple questions: How could we be so blind? How could we be so stupid? How could we be so gullible? How can we do better? A worthwhile - no, essential - read, particularly for those we elect to represent us: buy a copy and send it to your MP.