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  • Amazing, but lots of graphs so get ebook not audio

    Firstly, this book would get 4 stars but I really don't think audiobook is a good format for this book: it has a LOT of graphs in it which you can't really understand the book without. I loved this book. It's long but somehow is dense with information. If you're put off by this, i'd recommend first reading factfulness by Rosling as a run up to this book, as it touches on many of the same points but with less detail and fewer words. The amount you'll likely learn from this book is immense. My only critique would be that Pinker over reaches; obviously no single person could be an expert in all of the topics he covers in this book. Many experts in the specific areas have pushed back on his blanket optimism, and the way he often dismisses key critiques with vague counter arguments. However, as a starting point for many of these debates it's fantastic, and this doesn't undermine the book's main point: that enlightenment values have made the world the best it's ever been and that turning away from those values is a threat to continued prosperity.

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