Review Excerpts for Enlightenment Now

For years, I’ve been saying Steven Pinker’s The Better Angels of Our Nature was the best book I’d read in a decade. If I could recommend just one book for anyone to pick up, that was it. … I’m going to stop talking up Better Angels so much, because Pinker has managed to top himself. His new book, Enlightenment Now, is even better….I was already familiar with a lot of the information he shares—especially about health and energy—but he understands each subject so deeply that he’s able to articulate his case in a way that feels fresh and new….I’m glad we have brilliant thinkers like Steven Pinker to help us see the big picture. Enlightenment Now is not only the best book Pinker’s ever written. It’s my new favorite book of all time.
Bill Gates

A bold, wonderfully expansive and occasionally irate defence of scientific rationality and liberal humanism.
William Davies, The Guardian

Gripping, provocative and (many will find) infuriating…. An important and timely book.
David Wootton, Times Literary Supplement

With Enlightenment Now, Steven Pinker has written the best book on progress that is currently in print. Or e-book. Or audiobook.
Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed

Steven Pinker’s book is full of vigor and vim, and it sets out to inspire a similar energy in its readers. .... “Enlightenment Now” strikes me as an excellent book, lucidly written, timely, rich in data and eloquent in its championing of a rational humanism that is — it turns out — really quite cool.
Sarah Bakewell, New York Times Book Review

An exhaustive, compelling, and uplifting account of human progress…Beautifully written.
Charles Kenny, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

Pinker’s gift is to challenge us not only to update the Enlightenment but to think beyond it.
Caroline Winterer, Washington Post

Remarkable, heart-warming, and long overdue.
The Christian Science Monitor

Pinker is a paragon of exactly the kind of intellectual honesty and courage we need to restore conversation and community.
David Brooks, New York Times

Magnificent, uplifting and makes you want to rush to your laptop and close your Twitter account.
The Economist

The most uplifting work of science I’ve ever read.
Michael Shermer, Science

Steven Pinker’s mind bristles with pure, crystalline intelligence, deep knowledge and human sympathy. And he writes as he thinks, with a sinewy mot-justery of language which I find irresistible.
—Richard Dawkins

In an era of increasingly dystopian rhetoric, Pinker’s sober, lucid, and meticulously researched vision of human progress is heartening and important.
Publishers Weekly

For those inclined to believe that the end is not nigh and who would like to keep up with recent science, this book is a…well, not a godsend, but a gift all the same.
Kirkus Reviews

Enlightenment Now will increase the chances of long-term success in the human project if it is widely read and discussed, which seems likely. Anyone interested in the actual current facts bearing on those chances, and how we might best act to improve them, can do no better than take Pinker’s sharp, witty and (no exaggeration) encyclopedic instruction.
Tom Clark,

“Elegantly [argues] that in various ways humanity has every reason to be optimistic over life in the twenty-first century…. A defense of progress that will provoke deep thinking and thoughtful discourse among his many fans.”.
—Colleen Mondor, Booklist