The Better Angels of Our Nature
Richard Wright, Orvil E. Dryfoos Professor of Public Affairs and Geography

Don’t let the slightly small font and 800 pages put you off The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker. Buy this book. This is required reading for anyone the slightest bit interested in why slavery, sadistic punishment, and public violence became taboo. It’s a fascinating study of the decline of violence over time.