A Book of the Year for The Economist and the Observer
Our world seems to be collapsing. The daily news cycle reports the deterioration: divisive politics across the Western world, racism, poverty, war, inequality, hunger. While politicians, journalists and activists from all sides talk about the damage done, Johan Norberg offers an illuminating and heartening analysis of just how far we have come in tackling the greatest problems facing humanity. In the face of fear-mongering, darkness and division, the facts are unequivocal: the golden age is now.
I wish I had known this 20 years ago
The mountains of evidence on human progress in this book make it seem foolish I to even think this book is overly optimistic. I wish I would have known these facts 20 years ago as a young college student. These facts on human progress can serve as a powerful antidote to modern day cynicism and despair.