"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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Life Rocks On is a believable account of the highs and lows of pop stars of the 1960s and ’70s, and those associated with them (e.g., managers, record producers, girlfriends/boyfriends, husbands/wives, parents, siblings, children…). When concert halls fill, fans demand encores, record sales soar, and royalties pour in, egos rise and pop stars believe they’re unrivaled. Then comes the sex, drugs, and relationships with mentally unstable associates, as well as wanted and unwanted children, complicating the emotions and wreaking havoc on partnerships, marriages, and careers.
The author does a superb job of developing the backstories of her main characters: Jill, Eddie, Nicky, Phil, and Jewel. About halfway through the book, I suspected it would have an unhappy ending. I was pleasantly surprised that it ended on a positive note—my favorite type of ending.