Enlightenment Now by Stephen Pinker

Described by Bill Gates as ‘my new favourite book of all time’, Enlightenment Now considers 15 measures of human success in order to assess how and why the world is really getting better.

Is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate progress and the ideals that make it possible?

If you follow the trendlines rather than the headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer, happier, more peaceful, more stimulating and more prosperous – not just in the West, but worldwide. Such progress is no accident: it’s the gift of a coherent and inspiring value system that many of us embrace without even realizing it.

Lively, considered and, yes, enlightening, this is an engaging book which grapples with how we define our own progress and why, in an age when we are likely to live longer, healthier lives, so many of us believe quite the opposite?

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