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  • My new favourite book of all time

    Bill Gates
  • Exhilarating, magnificent, uplifting

  • This is the biggest story of our time. It's about the many ways in which the world is improving, and why we don't believe it

    Fraser Nelson, Spectator
  • Pinker is right. Not just a bit right, but completely, utterly, incontrovertibly right ... for most people, life is better, even if they don't realise it

    Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail
  • Awesome. The confidence with which Pinker tears through the issues that cause such deep anxiety today is compelling

    William Davies, Guardian
  • A characteristically fluent, decisive and data-rich demonstration of why, given the chance to live at any point in human history, only a stone-cold idiot would choose any time other than the present

    Sam Leith, Spectator
  • A new, optimistic view of the world ... Things are not as bad as your Facebook news feed makes them seem ... a cheerful, contrarian tract for dark times

    Niall Ferguson, Sunday Times
  • A goldmine of startling graphs and killer facts about the way we live now. Everyone should read this book and, just for once, be enthralled by what humankind has achieved

    Iain Macwhirter, Herald
  • Brimming with surprising data and entertaining anecdotes ... a genuinely enlightening book

    Jan-Werner Müller, Financial Times
  • Today we are living healthier, wealthier lives - and it's thanks to the values of the Enlightenment ... a passionate book in praise of Enlightenment values

    David Aaronovitch, The Times

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