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The Rational Optimist

How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.)

Matt Ridley

“Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.” — Los Angeles TimesIn 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, ...
Publish Date
First Published in 2010
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Its subject is the history of humanity, focusing on why our species has succeeded and how we should think about the future.      source
"Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari is the best book I've read since "The Rational Optimist" (@mattwridley). Both orthogonal and deep thinkers.      source
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by @mattwridley -- Sparkling explanation of how the economy evolves, producing the glorious cornucopia of goods and services available all around us. How to feel good about the future even in dark times.      source
Re-read Matt Ridley's great book The Rational Optimist after 5 years. As stimulating as ever. Hope next book coming soon.      source
I think three or four of my top 20 books of all time are all this author's. This is my favorite one.      source
It argues compellingly that everything is not only going to be OK in the future, it is surely going to be Fucking Great. That much, I agree with.      source
matt has a great book The Rational Optimist. He is truly one of the best out there on laying facts out that counter what we are seeing today      source
The books I've given most as a gift.      source