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It's Better Than It Looks : Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear

Author: Gregg Easterbrook; Oliver Wyman
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Hachette Audio, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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The surprising and much-needed truth: despite political turmoil, the modern world is better off than everThe problems we face today are serious: fascism, terrorism, environmental collapse, racial and economic inequality, and more. Yet, as Gregg Easterbrook shows in this sweeping work of history, the overall condition of the United States and most of the world is the best it has ever been.In the United States,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
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Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Gregg Easterbrook; Oliver Wyman
ISBN: 9781549114939 154911493X
OCLC Number: 1023862034
Performer(s): Read by Oliver Wyman.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (14 hr., 27 min., 23 sec.)) : digital.
Responsibility: Gregg Easterbrook.

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The surprising and much-needed truth: despite political turmoil, the modern world is better off than everThe problems we face today are serious: fascism, terrorism, environmental collapse, racial and economic inequality, and more. Yet, as Gregg Easterbrook shows in this sweeping work of history, the overall condition of the United States and most of the world is the best it has ever been.In the United States, disease, crime, discrimination, and most forms of pollution are in long-term decline, while longevity and education keep rising and economic indicators are better than in any past generation. Worldwide, malnutrition and extreme poverty are at historic lows, and the risk of dying by war or violence is the lowest in human history.This isn't just good luck. The Arrow of History shows the reason most things get better is that political, social, and technological reforms are more effective than generally understood, and they provide real hope in conquering our next set of challenges. In an age of discord and fear-mongering, The Arrow of History makes a powerful case for optimism about the human prospect--because optimism is the best argument for reform.

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