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    DescriptionFor two hundred years the pessimists have dominated public discourse, insisting that things will soon be getting much worse. But in fact, life 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. Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before.In his bold and bracing exploration into how human culture evolves positively through exchange and specialization, bestselling author Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. An astute, refreshing, and revelatory work that covers the entire sweep of human history--from the Stone Age to the Internet--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: Paperback
    Number of pages: 453
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 354 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061452062
    ISBN 10: 0061452068
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27850
    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
    DC21: 339.2
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: BE
    LC classification: D
    BISAC V2.8: SOC000000
    Libri: I-BE
    DC22: 339.2
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A14500000, A45560000
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 909
    BISAC V2.8: BUS023000, SOC037000
    B&T Approval Code: A30180000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    Thema V1.0: JB, KCZ
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    black & white line drawings, charts
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Publication date
    07 June 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    A fabulous new book... I was so delighted, amused and uplifted by it that I bought a couple hundred copies and sent one to all my clients.--Donald Luskin, Smart Money