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    “If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this - the most inspiring book I've ever read."
    - Bill Gates (May, 2017)

    Selected by The New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of the Year

    The author of Enlightenment Now and The New York Times bestseller The Stuff of Thought offers a controversial history of violence.

    Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, programs, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened?

    This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives - the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away - and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

    ©2011 by Steven Pinker. (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Vom Wichtigsten in der Menschheitsgeschichte

    Die Geschichte der Menschheit ist ein schwarzes Buch, eine Schlachthauschronik, durchherrscht von Gewalt, randvoll mit unaussprechlichen Grausamkeiten. Diese monumentale Gewaltgeschichte der Menschheit ist eine riesige Gelehrtenleistung und ein starkes Gegenmittel gegen die Versuchung einer verzweifelten Weltsicht. Denn es gibt sie, die andere Geschichte der Menschheit die hoffnungsvoll und zupackend optimistisch stimmen kann, denn als deren Leitmotive lassen sich wachsendes Mitgefühl, steigende Bildungsteilhabe und der Rückgang(!)sämtlicher Spielarten von Gewalt behaupten. Steven Pinker schreibt glasklar, argumentiert stringent, inspiriert zur Dankbarkeit für alle technischen, humanitären, kulturellen und zivilisatorischen Errungenschaften die unsere Gattung in die friedlichste(!) Epoche seit Menschengedenken geführt haben. In der deutschen Übersetzung: "Dieses Buch handelt vom Wichtigsten, was in der Menschheitsgeschichte jemals geschehen ist...Die Gewalt ist über lange Zeiträume immer weiter zurückgegangen, und heute dürften wir in der friedlichsten Epoche leben, seit unsere Spezies existiert..." Wer im Abgleich solcher Worte mit all den gegenwärtigen Krisen und Katastrophen ernsthaft, ja verärgert am Urteilsvermögen des Autors zweifelt der möge sich doch auf dieses spektakuläre Hörbuch einlassen. Haben wir doch Vertrauen auf die Kraft der "besseren Engel unserer Natur" ohne je die Macht unserer "inneren Dämonen" zu unterschätzen.
    Eine aufwühlende Bildungserfahrung!

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    waste of credits

    I couldn't endure more than 6 hours of this book.The broken Windows theory was the last drop.

    What a sad world this writer inhabits. I feel sorry for him and people who gave it five stars.


    At least for the first six hours he uses anecdotes like Bible texts, children's stories and diaries of colonialists as evidence for his sad theories about mankind. At the few passages where statistics are used, no verifiable sources are provided, he states that correlations are not the same as casualities, but he does exactly that.

    I guess this will be an excellent read for white supremacists far right enthusiasts.
    for anyone else, I suggest Sapiens or Mankind instead, Harari and Bredman. both provide a much more consistent analysis of data to understand mankind motives and drives.

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    A must read for everyone

    I cannot think of a better way to spend 36 hours. Steven Pinker does not disappoint.

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    Faszinierend und unglaublich aufschlussreich

    Sollte Pflichtlektüre sein für alle, aber insbesondere für Politiker und Aktivisten in der ganzen Welt, damit es allen besser geht und Rückschlägen vorzubeugen.

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    Brillantes Buch

    Steven Pinker schafft einen klaren und nüchternen Blick darauf, dass wir in einer der friedlichten Zeiten jemals leben.
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    A monumental masterpiece

    that every human should have read (or listened). The sheer multitude of knowledge researched ans presented by the author is astounding. This book covers everything we should care about, now and in the years to come.

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    A great work!

    I would advice anyone not just to read this book, but to make it a book of study. I’ve listened to it twice now, and now I’m also reading selected chapters, hoping I can get just half as clear minded as Steven Pinker about our inner demons and better angels. If you are interested in keeping and making the world a better place, if you want to understand our species’ history and potential for doing harm and doing good. You should make this book a book of study, hoping it might make yourself act, think and perceive, what chance and history will throw at you, in an enlightened way.

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    The kabbalah of human progress

    Six trends for declining violence, five inner demons and four better angels are according to Steven Pinker's the recipe why the world is becoming a better place. The number of sources he quotes to solidify his claim are plentiful and impressive, but the repetition of the examples a drop of bitterness on the otherwise engaging storytelling. To believe his claim remains an act of faith, but the encounter with so many new insights and "faits divers" was for me the real pleasure. I hope that Steven Pinker comes up with a couple of other numbers - I would suggest seven arch-angels instead of four angles - to make a sequel. it would make the kabbalah more complete and my life of a couple of hours enjoyment richer.

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    Explains why violence is on the decline

    This book puts current events and trends into historic context through an incredibly interesting mix of history, statistics, psychology and reason.

    Reading this book will make you appreciate the fact that we all live in the most peaceful time there has ever been.

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    Great Book!

    Pinker's focus is directed to the history of the West . He is quite right in this field . He neglects the rest of the World. He should read Huntington on the role of cultures.