Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Better Angels of Our Nature

My second book of the year is The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker.
It's a timely book about how and why violence has steadily decreased throughout our history, and how we can continue this trend.
Recent events might make it seem like violence and terrorism are more common than ever, so it's worth understanding that all violence -- even terrorism -- is actually decreasing over time. If we understand how we are achieving this, we can continue our path towards peace.
A few people I trust have told me this is the best book they've ever read. It's a long book, so I plan on taking a month to read it rather than two weeks. I'll add a third book in two weeks that will be a shorter read to complement this.
If you want to follow along with the books I'm reading and participate in conversations with the authors, you can like the page A Year of Books.

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