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Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead? – Steven Pinker & Matt Ridley & Malcolm Gladwell & Alain de BottonR180.00
Four savants debate the idea of progress. The general assumption is that the human condition is improving, owing to new technologies, and increased global freedom and empowerment; but, is it not better,so much as different?
In his latest book, writer-philosopher Alain de Botton focuses his attention on a subject that relies upon the written word but about which not much has been written, a thing that is so familiar to us but which we seldom pause to examine the inner workings of: the news. In eight chapters, including ones titled ‘Politics’, ‘Economics’, ‘Celebrity’ and ‘Disaster’, de Botton considers the impact of this constant stream of information on us, as well as posing ways for us to read the news so that it informs us instead of enthralling us. Interesting, erudite, and original, The News: A User’s Manual is an important book for anyone who wishes to, quite simply, know more.
Acclaimed as one of the most exciting books in the history of American letters, this modern epic became an instant bestseller upon publication in 1974, transforming a generation and continuing to inspire millions.