Say something about yourself!
Over the past five years I have listened to over 300 books on Audible, mostly non-fiction. This is hands down the best one I have found. I am on my third listening of it right now. This is one of those books that potentially will change your whole outlook and to influence you for a lifetime. Pinter does this from an entirely positive angle. The author is brilliant at sharing the good ideas and skewering the bad ones from our age and the past 2000 years. This book helped me to see beyond the the graphic headlines of mass shootings and see the these incidents notwithstanding, we are in a peaceable era and as a species we have much moral progress to be proud of today.
Excellent book. First task was to convince the reader that we're less violent now than we've ever been, including dispelling notions of the peaceful native, check. Second, look exhaustively for mechanism(s) which could account for the decline in violence, check. Those are big deals. Author looks to put in context a lot of research and does an excellent job. This book asks important questions regarding why we see murder rates in Western Europe well below 1 per 100,000 per year. Also does a great job of putting in context why an Afghanistan might be different than Iceland. Really had me look at a lot of assumptions I've been making.
The reading was really good. It propelled the narrative along at what I considered to be a perfect pace.
Pinker's discussion of women's rights was so perfectly concise and moving. His high regard for women was obvious without pandering. I heard ideas that were new to me. Outstanding historical synopsis.
I appreciated Arthur Morey's pace and cadence. I think that he emphasized the right words and phrases most of the time.
These are the good old days!
It is long and took me months to get through, but it was worth it. Steven Pinker writes a very thorough and multifaceted look at the evidence in various situations and draws conclusions that are reasoned and measured. The facts alone are fascinating but his reflections on those facts are what really makes this book fascinating. I've bought some more of his books to listen to next.
The narrator was also great, good speed and pronunciation. Very clear and easy to understand.
Road warrior, love listening ~ love learning
I have made the mistake of writing this review a considerable period of time from completing the listen. The audible had considerable information to share and was entertaining at times, however I couldn't help anticipating the completion and moving on. I believe this is a listen that one is able to spend a considerable amount of time and listens to in order to garner all that it has to offer. It is more of an encyclopedia listen than an engaging, cliff hanging experience. I am considerably wiser and garnered a number of stories that will suit fine for wine party discussion. I will refer back to this at times for pieces I have missed or was unable to digest at that time. The book may benefit from an abridged version. If you like a little pain with your pay-off, then enjoy.
Appreciated the historical perspective. The statistical analysis was a bit heavy. Would recommend to those who have the time to devote to this controversial view of the decline of violence. I learned!
Relax, have a homebrew
This was an j treating review if human behavior. Our baseline acceptance of violence has plummeted, to our great benefit. Sometimes too many descriptions of past evils, but I suppose that is part of the point.
The length of this book may appear daunting, but the content and accessibility of that content is excellent. The rate of reduced violence over human history is remarkable, and the author does a tremendous job of exploring the correlation and causality of the forces driving down violence. I recognize that not everyone will choose to read this book, however I strongly recommend it to everyone none the less.