The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
- Publish Date: 2012-09-25
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Steven Pinker
âIf I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be thisâthe most inspiring book I've ever read.
âBill Gates (May, 2017)
A provocative history of violenceâfrom 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.