This is in effect an update of Harvard Psychology professor Steven Pinker's earlier book The Better Angels of Our Nature. It is mercifully briefer than that tome, but with the same basic message that, away from the news headlines, things are continuing to improve.
A well composed and researched narrative of human progress. Pinker has defined human progress in a meaningful way and selected a number of objective measures to track it over time. He has analysed the contribution of enlightenment ideals to progress in a way that is easy to follow and a pleasure to read. Highly recommend.
How do we know the graphs and statistics provided in this work can be trusted. Democracy is being undermined and so much else. It is hard to believe we can be as relaxed and comfortable about global concerns as the author is.
Very well written with extensive sources and references. I really liked Pinker's writing style and importantly was challenged with new ideas based on evidence. Essential reading for anyone who thinks they know the state of the world.