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The Rational Optimist [compact Disc]

How Prosperity Evolves

By 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 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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9780061992629


Format: Audio Books
Author: Ridley, Matt
Summary: The author describes how things are getting better and explains why. Prosperity comes from everybody working for everyone else. The habit of exchange and specialization--which started more than 100,000 years ago--has created a collective brain that sets human living standards on a rising trend. The mutual dependence, trust, and sharing that result are causes for hope, not despair. It covers the entire sweep of human history from the Stone Age to the Internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, from the population explosion to the likely consequences of climate change. It ends with a confident assertion that thanks to the ceaseless capacity of the human race for innovative change, and despite inevitable disasters along the way, the twenty-first century will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity enhanced.
Title: The rational optimist [compact disc] : how prosperity evolves / Matt Ridley.
Publisher Date: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2010.
Subject: Wealth Practical reason Optimism
Isbn: 9780061992629
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 0
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: 339.2 Rid
Oclc: 460060878
Upc: 9780061992629
Bib Id: 446742

Format: Audio Books
Author: Ridley, Matt
Summary: The author describes how things are getting better and explains why. Prosperity comes from everybody working for everyone else. The habit of exchange and specialization--which started more than 100,000 years ago--has created a collective brain that sets human living standards on a rising trend. The mutual dependence, trust, and sharing that result are causes for hope, not despair. It covers the entire sweep of human history from the Stone Age to the Internet, from the stagnation of the Ming empire to the invention of the steam engine, from the population explosion to the likely consequences of climate change. It ends with a confident assertion that thanks to the ceaseless capacity of the human race for innovative change, and despite inevitable disasters along the way, the twenty-first century will see both human prosperity and natural biodiversity enhanced.
Title: The rational optimist [compact disc] : how prosperity evolves / Matt Ridley.
Edition: Unabridged.
Publisher, Date: [New York] : Harper Audio, p2010.
Description: 11 sound dsics (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subjects: Wealth
Subjects: Practical reason
Subjects: Optimism
Genre: Audiobooks
Other Author: Ganser, L. J.
Other Author: Harper Audio (Firm)
Notes: Title from container.
Notes: Compact discs.
Notes: Duration: 12:00:00.
Notes: Produced and directed by Paul Ruben Productions.
Notes: Read by L.J. Ganser.
ISBN: 9780061992629
Publisher Number: UACD 5872
Publisher Number: UACD 5872 (11)
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Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 1
Medium: [compact disc] :
Call Number: 339.2 Rid