The critics are calling Steven Pinker's book a masterpiece, a one-of-a-kind work that all the conscious men and women on planet Earth should read. Mr. Bill Gates himself gave this writer the highest praise, telling a bunch of students that it would be the greatest graduation present for each and every one of them.

Now, despite all the local wars, the violence, the killings and the rise of terror, the 21st century is, bar far, the most peaceful moment in time for our kind. And Mr. Pinker is doing a great job of showing us, the people who are used to hearing about wars every day on the TV and the Internet, that violence is at its lowest and that we need to be thankful for that.

True, there's still a war going on in the Middle East, and countless people are touched by it (millions have lost their homes, and thousands died), and the Cold War could turn into a hot one at any second, but before that happens, it's safe to say that we're living in the most peaceful world ever. There's a lot of talk about our violent nature and the fact that we simply can't go on for long without starting a war and killing each other, by the author of this book puts those claims to question and crushes all those myths.

The Better Angels of Our Nature is an ambitious, provocative, engaging book, a deep, meticulous exploration of our nature, the things that make us "tick" and the very essence of the human soul. Psychology and history come together to draw a picture of the modern-day world and the future that awaits all of us. If you’re a big fan of social sciences and psychology, The Better Angels of Our Nature will be the best read for you this year.

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