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Mark Zuckerberg (CEO/Facebook)

My next book for A Year of Books is The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley.

Two of the books I've read this year -- The Better Angels of Our Nature: and Why Nations Fail -- have explored how social and economic progress work together to make the world better. The Better Angels argues for that the two feed off each other, whereas Why Nations Fail argues that social and political progress ultimately controls the economic progress a society makes. This next book argues the opposite -- that economic progress is the greater force is pushing society forward. I'm interested to see which idea resonates more after exploring both frameworks.

This is also the second one of Ridley's books I've read this year. Here's a photo from a few weeks back of me reading his book Genome with my dog Beast.

James Altucher (Founder/StockPickr)

Basically if you want to know the future, read Bold.

Supplement it with “Abundance” by the same two and “Tomorrowland” by Steven Kotler” and even “The Rational Optimist” by Matt Ridley.

I feel “Abundance” is like a sequel to “The Rational Optimist”. So I’m giving you four books with one recommendation.

Rupert Murdoch (CEO/News Corporation)

Re-read Matt Ridley's great book The Rational Optimist after 5 years. As stimulating as ever. Hope next book coming soon.

Naval Ravikant (CEO & Co-Founder/AngelList)

Getting into the more evolution, science kind of books, I really highly, highly recommend picking up [...] The Rational Optimist.

Marc Andreessen (Co-Founder/Andreessen Horowitz)

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.

Amazon description

Life is on the up.

We are wealthier, healthier, happier, kinder, cleaner, more peaceful, more equal and longer-lived than any previous generation. Thanks to the unique human habits of exchange and specialisation, our species has found innovative solutions to every obstacle it has faced so far.

In ‘The Rational Optimist’, acclaimed science writer Matt Ridley comprehensively refutes the doom-mongers of our time, and reaches back into the past to give a rational explanation for why we can – and will – overcome the challenges of the future, such as climate change and the population boom.

Bold and controversial, it is a brilliantly confident assertion that the 21st century will be the best for humankind yet.

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