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The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence In History And Its Causes by [Steven Pinker]
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Steven Pinker is Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer finalist and the winner of many prizes 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. He lives in Cambridge. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this—the most inspiring book I've ever read."
Bill Gates (May, 2017)

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."—Slate


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.” The New York Times Book Review

“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


Praise for THE BLANK SLATE

“An extremely good book—clear, well argued, fair, learned, tough, witty, humane, stimulating.”—Colin McGinn, The Washington Post

“Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read…also highly persuasive.”—Time

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book everyone SHOULD read. Uplifting proof that the human race is becoming more kind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stop watching the news for a while and read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As usual Pinker takes a new and cogently argued view
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking scholarship at its very best
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very worthwhile study of the history of violence. Pinker is always a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best example of how to evaluate evidence. Some encouragement for peace activists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best
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