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The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker.. This tome, weighing in at 800 + pages, really does pretty much say it all. Fascinating stuff. And what will happen when we run out of oil, you may ask? Still, it is impressive how much violence has declined in real terms.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"It is unusual for the subtitle of a book to undersell it, but Steven Pinker’s “Better Angels of Our Nature” tells us much more than why violence has declined."

The New York Times

"...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."

Author bio: Steven Pinker is one of the world's leading authorities on language and the mind. His popular and highly praised books include The Stuff of Thought, The Blank Slate, Words and Rules, How the Mind Works, and The Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for The New York Times, Time, The New Republic, and other magazines. More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Nonfiction; (802 pp. Exhaustive: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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