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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Steven Pinker

Narrated By: Arthur Morey

Date: October 2011

Duration: 37 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

“If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this—the most inspiring book I've ever read.'
—Bill Gates (May, 2017)

Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year

The author of Enlightenment Now and 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, programs, 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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  • Richard B.

    Pretty good bunch of statistics to make his argument but he downplays some of the bigger problems we face like corruption and inequality as tho those things are sustainable and barely threatening.

  • Barbara S

    A lot to digest but full of pertinent information. Extremely relevant given the times we live in.

  • David Morris

    Very difficult to get through the material due to the graphic and exhaustive rendering of human torture as this subject matter. Enlightening all the same and clearly a great deal of professional scholarship. Better angels indeed, Steven! Quint Amer

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