The Rational Optimist : How Prosperity Evolves

The Rational Optimist : How Prosperity Evolves

Book Title: The Rational Optimist : How Prosperity Evolves

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

Format: Paperback | 464 pages

Publication Date: 01 Apr 2011

ISBN-13: 9780007267125

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.