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A Mark Zuckerberg "Year of Books" Pick
"My favorite book of the last decade is [Steven] Pinker's Better Angels of Our Nature. It is a long but profound look at the reduction in violence and discrimination over time."--Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft
"For anyone interested in human nature, the material is engrossing, and when the going gets heavy, Pinker knows how to lighten it with ironic comments and a touch of humor. . . . A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement." — The New York Times Book Review
"An extraordinary range of research . . . a masterly effort." — The Wall Street Journal
"Better Angels is a monumental achievement. His book should make it much harder for pessimists to cling to their gloomy vision of the future. Whether war is an ancient adaptation or a pernicious cultural infection, we are learning how to overcome it."
Praise for THE STUFF OF THOUGHT
“The majesty of Pinker’s theories is only one side of the story. The other side is the modesty of how he built them. It all makes sense, when you look at it the right way.”
“Packed with information, clear, witty, attractively written …”— The New York Review of Books
“Engaging and witty …Everyone with an interest in language and how it gets to be how it is—that is, everyone interested in how we get to be human and do our human business—should read THE STUFF OF THOUGHT.”— Science
“Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read…also highly persuasive.”— Time
Steven Pinker is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books, he has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers.See all Editorial Reviews
Amazing book, but depressing as hell to read. After reading such a detailed history of the human condition and propensity for violence, it seems the planet would be far better off... Read morePublished 16 days ago by SavvyShopper
While some of the chapters can seem wordy and the author rambling, the overall message and presentation is clear and enjoyable to read. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Gabriel
An excellent counter to the totally unjustified panic about crime in the streets. Puts into perspective the steadily declining probability over the centuries of any given human... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Ullrich Fischer
Extremely informative and eye-opening book regarding the history of humans and our inclination toward violence and how that has changed. Very thorough!Published 1 month ago by colucci13
In Steven Pinker’s book, The Better Angels of Our Nature, the author contends that, believe it or not, (and he states most will not believe it) violence has declined over long... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Kingsley
We hear about every crime these days and worry about the 'rise in violence', forgetting that none of our sisters or daughters have been burned at the stake; none of brothers or... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer