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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date June 7, 2011
Pages 453
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780061452062
ISBN-10 0061452068
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.78 lbs.
Original list price $15.99
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“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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Hardcover
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from Harpercollins Pub Ltd (May 27, 2010)
9780007267118 | details & prices | 448 pages | 6.50 × 9.25 × 1.75 in. | 1.75 lbs | List price $33.80
About: “Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.
from Harpercollins (May 18, 2010)
9780061452055 | details & prices | 438 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $26.99
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Perennial (June 7, 2011)
9780061452062 | details & prices | 453 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.78 lbs | List price $15.99
About: “Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.

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