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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User Review  - Maitrey - Goodreads

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

Praise for Steven Pinkers THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE
A FOREIGN COUNTRY
Chapter3 THE CIVILIZING PROCESS
Chapter4 THE HUMANITARIAN REVOLUTION
Chapter5 THE LONGPEACE Chapter6 THE NEW PEACE
Chapter8 INNER DEMONS
Chapter9 BETTER ANGELS
Chapter10 ON ANGELS WINGS
NOTES
REFERENCES
INDEX
Copyright

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Steven Pinker is the Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books, he has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers.

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