I grabbed this book when I found out that Bill Gates mentioned that, for him, it was the most inspiring book he has ever read.
The book contradicts everything that we hear on TV or we read on the Internet. It is a rich, earnest source of information about the history of violence and an insightful and comprehensive analysis of factors which created the modern world.
On 600 pages (more than 200 pages of notes, references and the index excluded) you will read about the reduction of vicious interpersonal violence such as cutting off noses, the elimination of cruel practices like human sacrifice, torture-executions, and flogging, the abolition of institutions such as slavery and debt bondage, the falling out of fashion of blood sports and duelling, the eroding of political murder and despotism, the recent decline of wars, pogroms, and genocides, the reduction of violence against women, the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the protection of children and animals.
The reality is that it has just never been better to be a human being. That’s just the truth. That’s just data. That’s the reality.
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
by Steven Pinker
Complexity of ideas
Size: 832 pages
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