The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

by Matt Ridley

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | May 19, 2011 | Trade Paperback

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

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 of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before.

In his bold and bracing exploration into how human culture evolves positively through exchange and specialization, bestselling author Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. An astute, refreshing, and revelatory work that covers the entire sweep of human history-from the Stone Age to the Internet-The Rational Optimistwill change your way of thinking about the world for the better.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.13 in

Published: May 19, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061452068

ISBN - 13: 9780061452062

Found in: Business and Finance

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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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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

by Matt Ridley

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.13 in

Published: May 19, 2011

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061452068

ISBN - 13: 9780061452062

About the Book

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 of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before.

In his bold and bracing exploration into how human culture evolves positively through exchange and specialization, bestselling author Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. An astute, refreshing, and revelatory work that covers the entire sweep of human history--from the Stone Age to the Internet--"The Rational Optimist" will change your way of thinking about the world for the better.

From the Publisher

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 of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people's lives as never before.

In his bold and bracing exploration into how human culture evolves positively through exchange and specialization, bestselling author Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. An astute, refreshing, and revelatory work that covers the entire sweep of human history-from the Stone Age to the Internet-The Rational Optimistwill change your way of thinking about the world for the better.

About the Author

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.

Editorial Reviews

"The Rational Optimist teems with challenging and original ideas.No other book has argued with such brilliance and historical breadth against the automatic pessimism that prevails in intellectual life."(Ian McEwan)