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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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The Better Angels of Our Nature
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October 4th, 2013
This is the best book I have read in a very long time, if not ever! It takes the opposite stand from the commonly held view that we live in a very violent society. Based on exceptional scholarship and a delightful style, he shows you violence has indeed declined since ancient times, and gives solid arguments to explain why. A must read.
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