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Four Paperback – January 8, 2015
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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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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Johns serves up a tale that works on so many levels. A few chapters in I could not put the book down. Four individuals brought together through circumstance, or fate, and who stand at the precipice of history, involved in a decision that has implications not just for themselves but for all of mankind.
The book is well researched and well written and affords the reader a full understanding of the scientific issues at hand as well as delving us into the hearts and souls of the main characters and their motivations. The story is founded on the very real situation mankind finds itself in today - mans' hubris vs. the fate of our fragile planet. The writing style really fully fleshed out the story and the people in it in such a way that it greatly appealed to my non-fiction reader taste. This is a fiction book that reads so real it can be chilling, heartbreaking and hopeful in a powerful way.
After finishing the book, I found myself pondering the characters and plot, and discussing the concepts with friends and colleagues. To me, that is the hallmark of an outstanding book. Like other good books I have read, this is a story that stays with you long after you close the back cover. I agree with the other reviewers who, as I, hope there will be a sequel to this book. I have not had enough of the world seen through Johns eyes.