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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (Paperback)
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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 31/03/2011
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Shortlisted for the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction 2011.

Life is on the up.

We are wealthier, healthier, happier, kinder, cleaner, more peaceful, more equal and longer-lived than any previous generation. Thanks to the unique human habits of exchange and specialisation, our species has found innovative solutions to every obstacle it has faced so far.

In `The Rational Optimist', acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley comprehensively refutes the doom-mongers of our time, and reaches back into the past to give a rational explanation for why we can - and will - overcome the challenges of the future, such as climate change and the population boom.

Bold and controversial, it is a brilliantly confident assertion that the 21st century will be the best for humankind yet.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007267125
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`A triumphant blast on the vuvuzela of common sense' Boris Johnson

`A glorious defence of our species... a devastating rebuke to humanity's self-haters' Sunday Times

`No other book has argued with such brilliance against the automatic pessimism that prevails' Ian McEwan

`His theory is, in a way, the glorious offspring that would result if Charles Darwin's ideas were mated with those of Adam Smith' The Economist

`Original, clever and controversial' Guardian

`As a work of bold historical positivity it is to be welcomed. At every point cheerfulness keeps breaking through' The Times

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