Change your perceptions.
Pinker wove a powerful history together that shatters the perception that violence is increasing. He also carefully explores what factors lead to violence giving an optimistic view of what has and still can be accomplished to achieve peace. Although you have to commit to a book like this it will be rewarded. There are few new ideas out there and most books tend to add a little new research and reuse and repackage what we have already heard. This book is a bold, fresh, well written and read masterpiece that will not only present a new way of looking at the world, but will make it your new way of looking at the world.
Not right away.
I had avoided this book because of all the politics behind it. After watching the movie I decided to go back and fill in the details. The book was surprisingly well written with a good story even if the diatribes are a little repetitive and long at times. I usually only read unabridged but think I would make an exception in this case. With all of that the book made an impression on me that is hard to shake and I have to recommend it to any that are interested. I think it might surprise you as well.
This book connected with me and I am guessing with many on this site. All those that would be just as happy staying home and reading a good book as attending a great party. In a world that favors the extrovert it was refreshing to outline the strengths of the introvert. Good research, well written, nicely read and recommended to all those that might feel inclined to apologize for being introverted or for having a spouse, child or coworker that falls in that category.
I thought this book was very interesting and well read. The authors know how to take on interesting everyday topics and change the way you look at them. I especially appreciated the positive view of the future. It seemed that the book showed through many examples of how we were able to find solutions to some of the complex problems in the past and even took on practical solutions to one of the biggest mounting problems of our day--Global Warming. Great read, I am sure you will get something out of it.
I am not a linguist and the lists of words did not interest me, but hearing the history through the angle of the language was very interesting. The infusion of foreign words in the language shows how great an influence the force or movement was on the minds of the english people. A good introduction and an enjoyable listen.
I have downloaded over a hundred titles and this is one of my favorite books. I have found myself referring back to it many times and quoting it more than that. It has raised my conscience understanding most significantly when I am making a decision about the future. Great research with a funny and interesting delivery. I recommend it.
There were some great ideas presented with some interesting clues into where the next great break throughs in science might come. The reader was competent.
This was a great listen. Both the audio and context was excellent. It was one of those books you will be discussing with your friends.
Great material. Was a personal call to action. The reader isn't my favorite. He seems upset or condescending which is the opposite of the context he was reading. Good audio quality just not my favorite tone.
This book covers does an excellent job covering the period of roman history. The reader does a excellent job bringing out the subtle wit found in the writing. This book also has a very good section on the rise of christianity within the roman empire. Interesting topic and well read.
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