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    DescriptionLife is getting better--and at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down -- all across the globe. Though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before. The pessimists who dominate public discourse insist that we will soon reach a turning point and things will start to get worse. But they have been saying this for two hundred years. Yet Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. Prosperity comes from everybody working for everybody else. The habit of exchange and specialization--which started more than 100,000 years ago--has created a collective brain that sets human living standards on a rising trend. The mutual dependence, trust, and sharing that result are causes for hope, not despair. This bold book covers the entire sweep of human history, from the Stone Age to the Internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, from the population explosion to the likely consequences of climate change. It ends with a confident assertion that thanks to the ceaseless capacity of the human race for innovative change, and despite inevitable disasters along the way, the twenty-first century will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity enhanced. Acute, refreshing, and revelatory, The Rational Optimist will change your way of thinking about the world for the better.


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    Title
    The Rational Optimist
    Subtitle
    How Prosperity Evolves
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Matt Ridley
    Physical properties
    Format: Microfilm
    Number of pages: 438
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 612 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061452055
    ISBN 10: 006145205X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: ECO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S4.5
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: KCZ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JF
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    Libri: I-BE
    DC22: 339.2
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A14500000
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17860
    B&T Approval Code: A45560000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000, SOC037000
    B&T Approval Code: A30180000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: HB251 .R54 2010
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Publication date
    01 June 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    "A delightful and fascinating book filled with insight and wit, which will make you think twice and cheer up."--Steven Pinker