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The Better Angels of Our Nature : Why Violence Has Declined

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 802 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 50mm | 798.32g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white tables, maps, figures, charts, graphs
  • 0143122010
  • 9780143122012
  • 13,943

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"For anyone interested in human nature, the material is engrossing, and when the going gets heavy, Pinker knows how to lighten it with ironic comments and a touch of humor. . . . A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement."--The New York Times Book Review

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About Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology Steven Pinker

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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