Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves — Business Books in Bulk - 800-CEO-READ

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

    By Matt Ridley

Life is getting better and at an accelerating rate. Food availability, income, and life span are up; disease, child mortality, and violence are down all across the globe. Though the world is far from perfect, necessities and luxuries alike are getting cheaper; population growth is slowing; Africa is following Asia out of poverty; the Internet, the mobile phone, and container shipping are enriching people s lives as never before. The pessimists who dominate public discourse insist that we will soon reach a turning point and things will start to get worse. But they have been saying this for two hundred years.

Yet Matt Ridley does more than describe how things are getting better. He explains why. Prosperity comes from everybody working for everybody else. The habit of exchange and specialization which started more than 100,000 years ago has created a collective brain that sets human living standards on a rising trend. The mutual dependence, trust, and sharing that result are causes for hope, not despair.

This bold book covers the entire sweep of human history, from the Stone Age to the Internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, from the population explosion to the likely consequences of climate change. It ends with a confident assertion that thanks to the ceaseless capacity of the human race for innovative change, and despite inevitable disasters along the way, the twenty-first century will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity enhanced. Acute, refreshing, and revelatory, The Rational Optimist will change your way of thinking about the world for the better. "


NEW RELEASES: The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge

Posted November 4, 2015, 11:00 AM with category of Innovation & Creativity
Bestselling author Matt Ridley explains why "bottom-up progress through evolution is far more crucial" than top-down efforts to push ideas and innovation. Read more

NEWS: The Economist's Books of the Year

Posted December 2, 2010, 11:17 PM with category of General Business
The Economist is surely one of the best, if not the best, weekly publications running. Oddly, though, considering its title, it put only three books in the economics & business category of this year's "page turners"—while there are ten in politics & current affairs and eight in history. I guess that's not too odd, considering this is coming from a magazine that calls itself a newspaper, a newspaper that almost never carries a byline on its articles and essays. Read more

NEWS: The Financial Times & Goldman Sachs Business Book Award: The Longlist

Posted August 9, 2010, 5:23 PM with category of Publishing Industry
The longlist for The Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year was announced this morning. And just as interesting as the list itself, which includes a novel this year, is the fact that Lloyd Blankfein is recusing himself as a judge. He is doing so because "a number of books on this year’s longlist address various aspects of the financial crisis," a crisis Blankfein was intimately involved in as CEO of Goldman Sachs. Read more


  Choose a format
  •   For use in United States   United-states-16

Price: $11.87/ea

App required iOS or Google Play
ISBN 9780062025371
Language English
Publish Date 06/14/2010
Publisher HarperCollins

Interested in eBooks?Please read our brief introduction before purchasing.