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A real eye-opener
on September 21, 2011
I have to admit that, like most people, I did not question the conventional wisdom that the world was going to hell in a hand basket, especially where war is concerned. Looking at Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and other places where horrible event are taking place, it's not hard to see why.
Goldstein challenges that belief with data. In fact, that's one of his main points. As Jack Webb used to say on TV's Dragnet, "I want the facts, ma'am, just the facts." That's this book's mantra. Forget what you think you know, look at the facts, and then decide.
The book likens our situation to having jumped "out of the fire, into the frying pan." The frying pan is hot, so we tend not to notice that things are improving. It also notes that the media has a tendency to highlight the violence and bloodshed, so it's understandable that, based solely on our emotional reaction to the news, we think things have not improved.
The book is surprisingly well written for one of its genre -- meaning I am enjoying reading it not just for the hopeful message it conveys, but that it's also fun to read.
Professor Emeritus, Stanford University