The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
Shortlisted for BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2011.
'A book breathtaking in its sweep and scope! This inspiring book [is] a glorious defence of our species! A devastating rebuke to humanity's self-haters' Sunday Times
'As a work of bold historical positivity it is to be welcomed. At every point cheerfulness keeps breaking through' The Times
'Ridley's real target is those doomsayers who insist that everything is going from bad to worse and something must be done about it!he shows that such gloom-sayers have always been with us and have always been proved wrong! presents a challenge to those pessimists who are prepared to be rational' Observer
'Exhibits [Ridley's] characteristic virtues: trenchancy, fluency, wit and dazzling command of diverse material' Literary Review
Matt Ridley received his BA and D. Phil at Oxford researching the evolution of behaviour. He has been science editor, Washington correspondent and American editor of The Economist. He is the author of bestselling titles The Red Queen (1993), The Origins of Virtue (1996), Genome (1999) and Nature via Nurture (2003). His books have sold over half a million copies, been translated into 25 languages and been shortlisted for six literary prizes. In 2004 he won the National Academies Book Award from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for Nature via Nurture. In 2007 Matt won the Davis Prize from the US History of Science Society for Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code. He is married to the neuroscientist Professor Anya Hurlbert.