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The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harpercollins
Publication date May 18, 2010
Pages 438
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780061452055
ISBN-10 006145205X
Dimensions 1.50 by 6.50 by 9.50 in.
Weight 1.35 lbs.
Original list price $26.99
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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
Book cover for 9780007267118 Book cover for 9780061452055
 
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: The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley.
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from Harpercollins (May 18, 2010)
9780061452055 | details & prices | 438 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.35 lbs | List price $26.99
About: “Ridley writes with panache, wit, and humor and displays remarkable ingenuity in finding ways to present complicated materials for the lay reader.
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: For two hundred years the pessimists have dominated public discourse, insisting that things will soon be getting much worse.

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