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User Review  - booktsunami - LibraryThing

Summary: We propose a methodology to look at violence in particular, and other aspects of quantitative historiography in general, in a way compatible with statistical inference, which needs to ... Read full review

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User Review  - antao - LibraryThing

Pinker's “Better Angels of Our Nature” is a terrible book that no historian takes seriously. There are numerous problems with it so I'll just highlight a few of the biggest. 1. The central premise is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dilip-Kumar - LibraryThing

A masterly and authoritative work on the historical trends in violence and conflict within and between communit ies and polities. Like Piketty's volumes on Capital, one wishes the information and the ... Read full review

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User Review  - LisCarey - LibraryThing

This is a fascinating book, and many people will be surprised by what Pinker has to say. We routinely tell ourselves that we live in a violent world, that for all the comforts of civilization wars are ... Read full review

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User Review  - dickmanikowski - LibraryThing

I abandoned this book when it got way too deep into the statistical weeks for my comfort, but the author explores an interesting thesis. He posits that mankind and our cultures have become less ... Read full review

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User Review  - RajivC - LibraryThing

On the whole, I think this is a good book, but an incomplete one. While I don't think, or feel, that violence has declined, he does have data on his side. However, it is easier to push a button, or ... Read full review

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User Review  - setnahkt - LibraryThing

Another excellent book from Steven Pinker. I love it when a book makes me say “Cool!” and “Wait, that can’t be right” at frequent intervals and one that angers both liberals and conservatives. Pinker ... Read full review

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User Review  - hardlyhardy - LibraryThing

I have read enough history to agree with Steven Pinker's thesis in "The Better Angels of Our Nature" that the trend of human existence has been toward less violence, less cruelty and more tolerance ... Read full review

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Scholarly and uplifting
Essential reading for anyone who wonders about the moral state of the modern world

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User Review  - mrgan - LibraryThing

The feelgood book of the year. Read full review


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