The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

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Author: Matt Ridley
Pages: 448
Category: Wealth
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 2010
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First Edition? Yes

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"It is never too late to be wise." - Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

“Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.” — Los Angeles Times

In a bold and provocative interpretation of economic history, Matt Ridley, the New York Times-bestselling author of Genome and The Red Queen, makes the case for an economics of hope, arguing that the benefits of commerce, technology, innovation, and change—what Ridley calls cultural evolution—will inevitably increase human prosperity. Fans of the works of Jared Diamond (Guns, Germs, and Steel), Niall Ferguson (The Ascent of Money), and Thomas Friedman (The World Is Flat) will find much to ponder and enjoy in The Rational Optimist.

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