The Rational Optimist
How Prosperity EvolvesBook - 2010/05/18
By looking at human history, the author argues disasters, downturns, and setbacks are just part of a millenia-long cycle of increasing prosperity that will continue through the twenty-first century and beyond.
“Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.” — Los Angeles Times
In a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change—what Ridley calls cultural evolution—will inevitably increase human prosperity. Fans of the works of Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel), Niall Ferguson (The Ascent of Money), and Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat) will find much to ponder and enjoy in The Rational Optimist.
"A delightful and fascinating book, filled with insight and wit, which will make you think twice and cheer up"
"A fast-moving, intelligent description of why human life has so consistently improved over the course of history, and a wonderful overview of how human civilization move forward!"---James Watson
"Ridley's enthusiasm for his subject is contagious....He writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader."
---Los Angeles Times on the Agile Gene
"A fascinating tour of the human genome....If you want to catch a glimpse of the biotech century that is now dawning...Genome is an excellent place to start."
---Wall Street Journal on Genome
"Matt Ridley manages to combine a scholarly approach with a great dash and wit, which puts him well ahead of the field; stimulating and great fun."
---Financial Times on the Origins of Virture
By looking at human history from its very beginning, the author argues disasters, downturns and setbacks are just part of a millenia-long cycle of increasing prosperity that will continue through the 21st century and beyond. By the author of Genome. 100,000 first printing.
The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Genome" and "The Red Queen" offers a provocative case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change--cultural evolution--will inevitably increase human prosperity.