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It's Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years

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We often hear about trials, tribulations, and fears of modern life -- environmental degradation, a decline of living standards, overpopulation, airline disasters. At the dawn of the new century, the question needs to be asked: Are we really better off than we were in the past?

Stephen Moore and Julian Simon say yes. And their fascinating book will equip you with the examples and statistics you'll need to counter those doomsayers and support the case that life is getting better, ...

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Overview

We often hear about trials, tribulations, and fears of modern life -- environmental degradation, a decline of living standards, overpopulation, airline disasters. At the dawn of the new century, the question needs to be asked: Are we really better off than we were in the past?

Stephen Moore and Julian Simon say yes. And their fascinating book will equip you with the examples and statistics you'll need to counter those doomsayers and support the case that life is getting better, not worse. It's Getting Better All the Time: 100 Greatest Trends of the Last 100 Years provides a much needed antidote to the negativism we usually read and hear.

This important research study documents how almost every indicator of health, environmental quality, safety, welfare, and social conditions reveals great progress over the past 100 years.

This book boldly shatters the myth that the world's best days are behind it. "There has been more improvement in the human condition in the past 100 years than in all previous centuries combined since man first appeared on the earth," write the authors. "This is the best time on earth to have ever lived." And it's getting better all the time.

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How has the United States changed over the past century? Is life truly better now than it was in the past? Using statistical reports and other historical materials, Moore (fiscal policy studies, Cato Inst.) and the late Simon (business administration, Univ. of Maryland) argue that for the most part people entering the new millennium are much better off than their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. The areas covered include health, economics, race relations, safety, environmental issues, and women's rights. A number of charts and graphs, well complemented by an extensive index and a bibliography, shows the positive changes that have taken place over the past 100 years. Readers will appreciate the information provided by these colorful graphics, which readily allow for additional research on subjects of interest. Recommended for reference, general social science, and American studies collections.--Danna Bell-Russel, Library of Congress Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882577965
  • Publisher: Cato Institute
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Pages: 294
  • Lexile: 1200L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures vii
Foreword xi
Preface xv
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 1
Section I Health 25
Section II Diets and Nutrition 49
Section III Wealth 57
Section IV The State of Poor Americans 73
Section V The State of Children and Teens 81
Section VI The American Worker 91
Section VII Leisure, Recreation, and Entertainment 105
Section VIII Housing 117
Section IX Transportation and Communications 129
Section X Invention, Innovation, and Scientific Progress 145
Section XI The Information Age 151
Section XII Education 159
Section XIII Safety 171
Section XIV Environmental Protection 183
Section XV Natural Resources: An Age of Abundance 195
Section XVI Social and Cultural Indicators 207
Section XVII Human Achievement in Sports 223
Section XVIII The Remarkable Gains by Women 231
Section XIX The Decline of Racism 241
Section XX Freedom and Democracy 253
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