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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press; 1 edition (8 January 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141979097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141979090
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
  • Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars1,054 customer ratings
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My new favourite book of all time -- Bill Gates

Exhilarating, magnificent, uplifting, Economist

This is the biggest story of our time. It's about the many ways in which the world is improving, and why we don't believe it -- Fraser Nelson, Spectator

Pinker is right. Not just a bit right, but completely, utterly, incontrovertibly right ... for most people, life is better, even if they don't realise it -- Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail

Awesome. The confidence with which Pinker tears through the issues that cause such deep anxiety today is compelling -- William Davies, Guardian

A characteristically fluent, decisive and data-rich demonstration of why, given the chance to live at any point in human history, only a stone-cold idiot would choose any time other than the present -- Sam Leith, Spectator

A new, optimistic view of the world ... Things are not as bad as your Facebook news feed makes them seem ... a cheerful, contrarian tract for dark times -- Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times

A goldmine of startling graphs and killer facts about the way we live now. Everyone should read this book and, just for once, be enthralled by what humankind has achieved -- Iain Macwhirter, Herald

Brimming with surprising data and entertaining anecdotes ... a genuinely enlightening book -- Jan-Werner Müller, Financial Times

Today we are living healthier, wealthier lives - and it's thanks to the values of the Enlightenment ... a passionate book in praise of Enlightenment values -- David Aaronovitch, The Times

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One of the world's greatest thinkers tells the heroic story of human progress - and why we neglect it at our peril.

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