Reviews

  • One of the most important books I've read - not just this year, but ever ... For me, what's most important about The Better Angels of Our Nature are its insights into how to help achieve positive outcomes. How can we encourage a less violent, more just society, particularly for the poor? Steven Pinker shows us ways we can make those positive trajectories a little more likely. That's a contribution, not just to historical scholarship, but to the world

    Bill Gates
  • Brilliant, mind-altering...Everyone should read this astonishing book

    David Runciman, Guardian
  • A supremely important book. To have command of so much research, spread across so many different fields, is a masterly achievement. Pinker convincingly demonstrates that there has been a dramatic decline in violence, and he is persuasive about the causes of that decline

    Peter Singer, New York Times
  • [A] sweeping new review of the history of human violence...[Pinker has] the kind of academic superbrain that can translate otherwise impenetrable statistics into a meaningful narrative of human behaviour...impeccable scholarship

    Tony Allen-Mills, Sunday Times
  • Written in Pinker's distinctively entertaining and clear personal style...a marvellous synthesis of science, history and storytelling

    Clive Cookson, Financial Times
  • A salutary reality-check...Better Angels is itself a great liberal landmark

    Marek Kohn, Independent
  • Pinker's scholarhsip is astounding...flawless...masterful

    Joanna Bourke, The Times
  • Selected by the New York Times as one of the 100 Notable Books of 2011

    New York Times