The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Matt Ridley

Narrated By: L.J. Ganser

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: May 2010

Duration: 13 hours 39 minutes


“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.


  • Anthony E.

    This book should be ‘required reading’ for anyone who intends to assert an opinion on the condition of the human race and/or the planet we live upon.

  • Gerald Schweitzer

    Really an eye opener by describing the positive condition of our human development over the years. Would think otherwise by local news reporting.

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