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Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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So much happened in this book that left me questioning so many things I've been taught and things I believe. That's a good thing. I don't think it matters if you're a Democrat, Republican, liberal or conservative, there are so many things most people can appreciate about this book.
Loved the characters and the author did an excellent job with character development. I didn't catch any grammatical errors and if there were any, I must have read right through them without realizing because I was so engrossed in the story. The author also does a great job with describing the setting without over doing it. You get enough where you can picture what he's describing clearly without wanting to skip through and get to the meat of the book. Every part of this book contributed greatly to the meat of the book.
I have to say that I am a fan of shows such as 48 Hours Mystery, Forensic Files, Unsolved Crimes, and Cold Case Files so I appreciated the ending and how the author was able to show how there really are two sides to every story and how we can't believe everything we see, read, are taught or told.
The breakdown of the crime, its aftermath and consequences, and the follow-up on the lives of the characters since the crime was a nice touch and an excellent way to wrap up the story while leaving me thinking back on what I read and reanalyzing all the little and big things that happened along the way and how they affected each character and the end message.
I'm not sure what the author's message is but to me it points out all the things we as a society, as neighbors, as families, as workers, have been slowly programmed to believe as fact and final. Like I said, there are two sides (and sometimes more than two sides) to every story and the police chief getting up at the end and exiting the interview solidified what I think the message is and that's that authority isn't always right, things aren't always as they seem, question everything, careful who you trust, and think for yourself because too many people throughout history have been doing our thinking for us to the point we as a society have become lemmings who follow leaders blindly and pass on these thoughts, ideas, and philosophies from one generation to the next.
Read this book and leave a review when you're finished. Right away so you don't forget anything. I wish more people would read this book. It has a strong message but isn't preachy so any reader can get something meaningful from it.
Enjoy! And don't forget to leave your own review.
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