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The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel • economic inequality • social structure • human history

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Book cover of The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel - economic inequality

civilisation ● inequality ● civilisation

Recommendation 4 / 5

The Great Leveler by Walter Scheidel is a provocative and insightful contribution to our understanding of inequality over the long run and despite being grounded in economic history it is a book where you find serious questions about the future of inequality and the shape and structure of our societies. It shows that inequality never dies peacefully. Inequality declines when bloodbath and disaster strike and increases when stability and peace return…

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The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker • history of violence

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Book cover of The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker - history of violence

history ● violence ● civilisation

Recommendation 5 / 5

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…