Currently reading The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker, an academic and psychology professor at Harvard University. I've heard a lot about this book over the last few years, and am finally getting around to reading it.
His general thesis is that rates of violence have shown a general tend of decreasing throughout human history and that, despite increased access to news making most people feel it's the opposite, we are living in a time of unprecedented peace in the history of humanity, and then goes on to explore some of the possible reasons for this decrease.
Having read a few of his books before, I would say that Pinker is probably the best non-fiction author I have ever read. His writing is witty, engaging, and full of fun and interesting anecdotes. This book in particular comes very high recommended by a number of people, including, most prominently, Bill Gates, who has listed it among his top books of all time.
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