Steven Pinker

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. By Steven Pinker

Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Viking Adult 2011; 832 pages; ISBN: 0670022950; 9780670022953. The author of The New York Times bestseller The Stuff of Thought offers a controversial history of violence. Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful…