The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

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Penguin, Oct 4, 2011 - Science - 832 pages
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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.


  

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The Better Angels of Our Nature is Steven Pinker's attempt to articulate if violence among humans has indeed declined. I thought it would make a great read in this centenary of the Great War and ... Read full review

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Make me a t-shirt that says “I read an 800-page book and all I got from it was this lousy review.” The Good: There's a nice irreverent romp through the Bible, he shows what monsters "chivalrous ... Read full review

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Contents

Title Page
A FOREIGN COUNTRY
THE HUMANITARIAN REVOLUTION
THE NEW PEACE
THE RIGHTS REVOLUTIONS
INNER DEMONS
BETTER ANGELS
ON ANGELS WINGS
INDEX
ALSO BY STEVEN PINKER
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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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