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

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

Is civilization teetering on the edge of a cliff? Or are we just climbing higher than ever? Most people who read the news would tell you that 2017 is one of the worst years in recent memory. We're facing a series of deeply troubling, even existential problems: fascism, terrorism, environmental collapse, racial and economic inequality, and more. Yet this narrative misses some Is civilization teetering on the edge of a cliff? Or are we just climbing higher than ever? Most people who read the...

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Title:It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear
Author:Gregg Easterbrook
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:161039741X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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

  • Dean
    Mar 23, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Caryn
    Apr 15, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Andi
    Apr 15, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Jack Laschenski
    Apr 09, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

  • Chad Olson
    Apr 09, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

  • Jay C
    Mar 08, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

  • Eric
    Mar 31, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • D.L. Morrese
    Apr 08, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

  • Shannon
    Apr 03, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Brian Ridolfo
    Apr 05, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Louis C Smith
    Apr 08, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

  • Casey
    Mar 29, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Graeme Newell
    Mar 22, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

  • Daniel
    Apr 03, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Mar 31, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

  • Karen
    Apr 10, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

  • Justin
    Mar 25, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Thomas Coulliette
    Mar 24, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Roxanne
    Jan 31, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

  • david g catanzarite
    Apr 13, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Lexie
    Apr 03, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

  • Dr. William J. Smith
    Mar 09, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Brian LaRossa
    Apr 10, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Cortney
    Mar 18, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

  • James Mayor
    Apr 18, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

  • John
    Mar 27, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Joseph A Oppenheim
    Mar 04, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

  • Billie
    Apr 13, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Meschach Taylor
    Mar 23, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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  • Nathaniel Leonard
    Apr 14, 2018

    I have many policy disagreements with the author, for example, his take on entitlements but I agree with most of the spirit of the book. Things are not as bad as they look and holding on to an overly pessimistic view of current events can lead to problems of our own making. Remember ki...

    This is a Goodreads win review. This book is very relevant to the times we are living in. Every I see the news on any channel it is full of American politics, and what bad shape our country is in. We also see almost daily acts of terrorism, rascism, wage inequality, sexual harrassement...

    From the title, I expected this book to be much like those by Steven Pinker, showing how human life has steadily improved from generation to generation, about how we've reduced things like hunger, disease, poverty, crime, and war by implementing the ideas of the Enlightenment. There is...

    I loved this book. All of us are continually assaulted with a steady diet of fatalism and bad news. We are evolutionarily predisposed to scan the horizon for threats and it seems like everyone is pushing our buttons these days. New developments like social media and always-on news have...

    What first attracted me to this book by Gregg Easterbrook, is the testimonial by Walter Isaacson, since I respect his journalism. The book is a persuasive look at how, despite the dystopian look at America as presented by the 2016 campaign of the new president, things are actually n...

    This could also be called something like "The Neoliberal Manifesto" in that it posits market forces as the greatest agent for change in the history of the world. Which is a view to which I very reservedly subscribe. The good: I think, probably, nearly everybody who is optimistic at ...

    Really fascinating read, and helpful if you get caught up in thinking - as I often do - that "The whole world's going to hell!" these days. It's a dispassionate look at the problems we face and their potential solutions. Occasionally the author injects to much "editorial opinion" for m...

    The book is spoiled by the author's virulent anti-Trump hostility. Hardly a chapter goes by without a snide comment taken from CNN. He has become politicized by the left. As usual, however, his statistics are very interesting. The message in the title is absolutely true!!! ...

    I've wondered why it seems the TV and social media world is so angry, while people in real life are pleasant. This book answers that question and others like "Why don't we starve?" and "Will the economy collapse?". Chapter 10 specifically addresses "the 'impossible' challenge of inequa...

    Everyone should read this book! They won't, because people love thinking that everything's horrible, but they should. I appreciated the bit of optimism when everything else I read is all terrible. Plus this is great material for winning arguments against people who are convinced every ...

    I'd buy this book for everyone in my family if I thought they'd read it. A great book that opens one's eyes to exactly how much better things are today than we think. Damning critique of social media, bad journalism and lousy parenting. A must read if one wants to survive and thrive in...

    Optimism has always won! Comprehensive discourse on the improvements in quality of life that are now occurring. The irresponsible media distort the collective perception of the public with pessimistic doom and gloom. There are many reasons to be optimistic, most of which are in this...

    I basically read this book as a response to everyone running around screaming 'the sky is falling!' Loved it. Easterbrook manages to be uplifting while providing interesting research. Our world is an amazing place and it's a wonderful time to be alive, cheer the heck up ...

    Good ideas and message. Somewhat scattered ordering. She writing style as football column! ...

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