Everything Used to be Worse

Why things are looking up for us – in spite of war, disease and catastrophes.

A Spiegel book

Original Title: Früher war alles schlechter

Hardcover, 128 pages, 18.5 x 15.0 cm, 7.3 x 5.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04768-7
€ 14.99 [D] | € 15.50 [A] | CHF 21.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Sachbuch

Date of publication: April 3, 2017
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Guido  Mingels - Everything Used to be Worse


Good news at last: why things are looking up for the world

Let's be honest: what do you think – do more people die in plane crashes than used to be the case or fewer? Are there more wars and war casualties than 30 years ago or fewer? Are more children the victims of child labour and violence today or fewer? And the crime rate – is it rising or falling?

Every day we are faced with bad news – and overlook the fact that a lot (and what's more, a lot of important things) have changed for the better. We now live in a world with less poverty, increasing affluence and a lower death rate, as is impressively demonstrated by Spiegel editor Guido Mingels. His texts and charts illustrate a surprising trend for the better. For even if the news frequently makes us think otherwise, much in this world is moving in the right direction.

“A useful antidote to rampant despondency and to the pessimism of apocalyptic prophets.”

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