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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

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ISBN13: 9780143122012
ISBN10: 0143122010
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Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year

The author of the New York Times bestseller The Stuff of Thought offers a controversial history of violence.

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?

This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives — the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away — and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.

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"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

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"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

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"Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read. It's also highly persuasive." Time

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"An extraordinary range of research...a masterly effort." The Wall Street Journal

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"Steven Pinker has written an extremely good book-clear, well argued, fair, learned, tough, witty, humane, stimulating." The Washington Post

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A provocative history of violence — from the New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought and The Blank Slate

Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world.

About the Author

Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching and scientific research, Pinker is Peter de Florez professor of psychology in the department of brain and cognitive sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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cmac11223, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by cmac11223)
Great book. All of Pinkers books are required for the intelligent. The Blank Slate should be read next.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143122012
Author:
Pinker, Steven
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Sociology-Violence in Society
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Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
832
Dimensions:
8.56 x 5.56 x 1.06 in 0.93 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 832 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143122012 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Sweeping, erudite, sharply argued, and fun to read. It's also highly persuasive."
"Review" by , "An extraordinary range of research...a masterly effort."
"Review" by , "Steven Pinker has written an extremely good book-clear, well argued, fair, learned, tough, witty, humane, stimulating."
"Synopsis" by , A provocative history of violence — from the New York Times bestselling author of The Stuff of Thought and The Blank Slate

Believe it or not, today we may be living in the most peaceful moment in our species' existence. In his gripping and controversial new work, New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows that despite the ceaseless news about war, crime, and terrorism, violence has actually been in decline over long stretches of history. Exploding myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly enlightened world.

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