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Bad news doesn't just travel fast; it sticks. Day after day, we shield our heads from unceasing media barrages of shocking crimes and genocide. Well-reported news of bloody wars, terrorism, torture, and homegrown violence feed into a sense that things are getting worse. Famed cognitive scientist and popular science author Steven Pinker (The Stuff of Science; The Language Instinct) Steven Pinker thinks that we're reading the evidence wrong. In this counterintuitive, heartening book, he argues persuasively we are in fact living in the most peaceful era in our species' history. Presenting his case in empirical terms, he shows how warfare, slavery, racial extermination, rape, riot, massacres, child abuse, and animal cruelty flourished in previous ages in ways that we would think almost unimaginable. A major author; a timely topic; certain to be widely reviewed.