"Elegantly [argues] that in various ways humanity has every reason to be optimistic over life in the twenty-first century.... A Defense of progress that will provoke deep thinking and thoughtful discourse among his many fans."
-Colleen Mondor, Booklist
"Pinker defends progressive ideals against contemporary critics, pundits, cantankerous philosophers, and populist politicians to demonstrate how far humanity has come since the Enlightenment...IN an era of increasingly "dystopian rhetoric," Pinker's sober, lucid, and meticulously researched vision of human progress is heartening and important."
"[An] impeccably written text full of interesting tidbits from neuroscience and other disciplines...THe author examines the many ways in which Enlightenment ideals have given us lives that our forebears would envy even if gloominess and pessimism are the order of the day."
Praise for The Better Angels of Our Nature
"If I could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this-the most inspiring book I've ever read."
-Bill Gates (May, 2017)