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Todd

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  • The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Matt Ridley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (240)

    Life is getting better 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.

    Darkcoffee says: "Delightful Case for Things Looking Up"
    "A rational response to chicken little"
    Overall

    Wow. After listening to this book for a third time in the last year, I decided I needed to write a review.

    This book provides a well constructed, reasonable walk through time to give the reader some true perspective about our current condition relative to all those that have come before us.

    At a time when media coverage is based around telling us what's wrong with us, our planet and our country, this book provides a practical antidote. Part historical narrative, part social anthropological study and part defense for science, technology and capitalism, this should be required reading for every high school student so they have something to balance their exposure to an almost completely reactionary media without any historical perspective.

    It's true, there is a reason to believe mankind has a bright future! Who knew?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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