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

  • Barb
    May 12, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

  • Jack Laschenski
    Apr 09, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

    This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conver...

    This book is a great companion volume to Steven Pinker?s Enlightenment Now and Hans Rosling?s Factfulness, also the long opening chapter of Yuval Noah Harari?s Homo Deus. Read them all if you like (I did) -- together, they take you on a thorough tour of the "reasons for optimism ...

    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!!! ...

  • Andrea
    May 01, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

  • Scott Lupo
    May 31, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

  • David Anthony Sam
    Jun 18, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

  • Amber Lea
    Jun 09, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

  • Melissa
    May 28, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

  • Roozbeh Daneshvar
    Jun 03, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

  • Andrew
    Jul 09, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

  • D.L. Morrese
    Apr 08, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

  • Louis C Smith
    Apr 08, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

    This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conver...

    This book is a great companion volume to Steven Pinker?s Enlightenment Now and Hans Rosling?s Factfulness, also the long opening chapter of Yuval Noah Harari?s Homo Deus. Read them all if you like (I did) -- together, they take you on a thorough tour of the "reasons for optimism ...

    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...

  • Graeme Newell
    Mar 22, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

  • Anna
    May 14, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

  • Daniel
    Apr 03, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

  • Brian
    Apr 19, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

    This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conver...

  • Karen
    Apr 10, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

    This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conver...

    This book is a great companion volume to Steven Pinker?s Enlightenment Now and Hans Rosling?s Factfulness, also the long opening chapter of Yuval Noah Harari?s Homo Deus. Read them all if you like (I did) -- together, they take you on a thorough tour of the "reasons for optimism ...

    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...

  • Francia
    Jul 23, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

    This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conver...

    This book is a great companion volume to Steven Pinker?s Enlightenment Now and Hans Rosling?s Factfulness, also the long opening chapter of Yuval Noah Harari?s Homo Deus. Read them all if you like (I did) -- together, they take you on a thorough tour of the "reasons for optimism ...

    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...

    We all need this book. For anyone trapped in depression over the state of the world these days, let Easterbrook give you facts that will help you see we are all progressing, and with proper planning, it only gets better. Yes, there is suffering, but there is also a steady improvement t...

  • Elizabeth
    Sep 17, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

  • Josh
    Apr 18, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

  • Sid
    Jun 12, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

  • Roxanne
    Jan 31, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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
    Jun 08, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

  • Chase Metcalf
    Jul 15, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

  • Lexie
    Apr 03, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

    This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conver...

    This book is a great companion volume to Steven Pinker?s Enlightenment Now and Hans Rosling?s Factfulness, also the long opening chapter of Yuval Noah Harari?s Homo Deus. Read them all if you like (I did) -- together, they take you on a thorough tour of the "reasons for optimism ...

    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...

    We all need this book. For anyone trapped in depression over the state of the world these days, let Easterbrook give you facts that will help you see we are all progressing, and with proper planning, it only gets better. Yes, there is suffering, but there is also a steady improvement t...

    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 ...

  • Nick
    Jul 10, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

  • Cortney
    Mar 18, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

    This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conver...

    This book is a great companion volume to Steven Pinker?s Enlightenment Now and Hans Rosling?s Factfulness, also the long opening chapter of Yuval Noah Harari?s Homo Deus. Read them all if you like (I did) -- together, they take you on a thorough tour of the "reasons for optimism ...

    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 am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

    This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conver...

    This book is a great companion volume to Steven Pinker?s Enlightenment Now and Hans Rosling?s Factfulness, also the long opening chapter of Yuval Noah Harari?s Homo Deus. Read them all if you like (I did) -- together, they take you on a thorough tour of the "reasons for optimism ...

    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...

  • Kevin Rhodes
    Jun 11, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...

    Well, this was quite the read. First and foremost, as a reader, you will have to decide what the word optimism means to you. If the standard is 'Hey, some people die unnecessarily, some people live in miserable conditions they can't control, some people are just greedy and don't care a...

    I wish every person would read this book, now. I work as a research scientist. Every day, I see misinterpretation and abuse of research findings for gain in political battle. Published studies are too often judged not on content or quality, but whether or not they can be weaponized ...

    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 ...

    The first half of this book is a lot of stats proving that while we might live in an age of ?coveted victim hood,? general life has, in fact, steadily improved over the decades. I tend to think anyone can spin numbers so while I found that half somewhat reassuring, I was also skept...

    Wow, it took me three months to read this book. I couldn't make it more than three pages without stopping to google something. I didn't think I was going to make it to the end before one of my coworkers noticed my book was criminally overdue. But I did it! I'm not sure how to rat...

    If you are contented by feeling that this is the worst of all possible times, that hordes of immigrants are destroying our nation, that crazy people of the left or the right are the enemy of all good, that we will run out of everything, that the world is ending soon, this is not the bo...

    I loved the statistics aspect of this books and it is heartening for the most part. I love to think about how things really are better than media and even entertainment would have you believe. His conveyance of his political belief as fact is expected, as he?s the author, but he also...

    I really enjoyed this book! It seems many people have pointed out flaws in the arguments for many policies in the book, which is to be expected. I found that the policies regarding science were oversimplifications at times, since I understand natural science very well (less so economic...

    The shared tactic of Sanders and Trump, the NYT and Fox: manipulation by crisis and the creation of an us vs them siege mentality, despite the fact that on the whole, by nearly every measurable outcome, we are better off than generations past. In Easterbrook?s updated argument for dy...

    Very interesting book and required reading for anyone still fighting off post-2016 election depression. Easterbrook convincingly argues that the general perceptions of world decline regarding food supply and hunger, disease, inequality, violence and crime, etc, are greatly overblown, i...

    If there is ever a time to need some optimism and hope for the future, it's now. The author lays out why we are living in a golden age with the best in everything, from economics, health, safety, technology, the environment, etc - provides some hard factual data as to why things are be...

    I think books like this are important. It seems like the current zeitgeist tends to push individuals towards commiserating with one another (and self-aggrandizing) through an easily accessible yet poorly-supported or justified skepticism of progress. Books like this make me feel better...

    This should be required reading for any loud mouth nay sayer. You know who I am talking about. Do them a favor and buy them this book which will serve a dual purpose of keeping them quiet until they finished it and give you some common ground from which you can have a reasonable conver...

    This book is a great companion volume to Steven Pinker?s Enlightenment Now and Hans Rosling?s Factfulness, also the long opening chapter of Yuval Noah Harari?s Homo Deus. Read them all if you like (I did) -- together, they take you on a thorough tour of the "reasons for optimism ...

  • Joseph A Oppenheim
    Mar 04, 2018

    I am so steeped in the culture of fear-mongering that even though this book espouses optimism at every turn I found myself more afraid on some of the issues presented after I read the book than I was before! This is why it took me some time to finish the book. Having finally finished i...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    If you can ignore the politicians (they want your vote) and the news media (if it bleeds it leads), one can objectively see that never before has civilization looked this promising. Disease control, food production, peace and prosperity have been at record highs. This is the fundamenta...

    This book is a must-read, especially with the current pessimist and nostalgic good old days mood all around us. It was one of the books that changed my view significantly towards many aspects, e.g. climate change, economy, violence and poverty. A large portion of the optimism is based ...

    Well written book highlighting the many ways that life today is better than the media and general perceptions would have you believe. This misperception is generally attributed to the reality that bad news sells, the rise of social media echo chambers, and the inherent conservatism/nos...

    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...