The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

Paperback | June 7, 2011

byMatt Ridley

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“Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.” — Los Angeles Times

In a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change—what Ridley calls cultural evolution—will inevitably increase human prosperity. Fans of the works of Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel), Niall Ferguson (The Ascent of Money), and Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat) will find much to ponder and enjoy in The Rational Optimist.

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“Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.” — Los Angeles Times In a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an econo...

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For two hundred years the pessimists have dominated public discourse, insisting that things will soon be getting much worse. But in fact, life is getting better—and at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down all across the globe. Africa is following Asia out...

Matt Ridley is the author of several award-winning books, includingGenome,The Agile Gene, andThe Red Queen, which have sold more than 800,000 copies in twenty-seven languages worldwide. He lives in England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:June 7, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061452068

ISBN - 13:9780061452062

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Rational Optimist Excellent book highly recommended to all people that are justly proud to be human and all the accomplishments made so far and what is yet to come
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Future Looks Bright! Our lives will continue to get better with more open trade, borders and the exchange of ideas. When ideas have sex, the benefits filter down to benefit even the poorest and remotest parts of the planet. Nice to have a positive book on the future of our species instead of all the negativity that constantly barrages us. Fantastic read that will generate interest for years to come. Don't worry, be happy because the future is so bright that we all gonna wear shades!
Date published: 2012-02-03

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A fabulous new book... I was so delighted, amused and uplifted by it that I bought a couple hundred copies and sent one to all my clients.