The Better Angels of our Nature

The Better Angels of our Nature

This is a long book with an audacious claim — that human violence has precipitously declined over the centuries. After the cataclysms of the 20th century, neuroscientist Steven Pinker recognizes a need to “soften us up,” which he does with a cold-blooded review of ancient animosity, starting with the signs of foul play found in ancient stiffs retrieved from ice and bog. More »