My new, all-time, favourite. A genuinely original and smart framework for understanding the world.

This is by Hans Rolsing, the guy you may know from the somewhat annoying TED talks using animated bubble-plots to show how various things have changed over time (life expectancy by country for example).

The thesis of this book is (a) the world is getting better by all measures for humans and (b) everyone thinks it is getting worse.

He then lays out 10 “instincts” that help understand why we all get it so fundamentally wrong.