I won't be discussing this book, The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence in History and its Causes, in any detail ... at least not today! That's mainly because I have so far to go before I finish. It's a huge book (800 large-format pages, counting notes, bibliography, and everything else), and I will need a week to read it.
What I can say, though, is that it confirms something I already knew: Pinker is an excellent stylist. He provides a splendid model for anyone who writes non-fiction books. The Better Angels of Our Nature is written in clear, finely polished prose that makes you want to keep reading, reading, and turning the pages. It's not dumbed down or patronising to the reader, yet the facts and thoughts are presented as simply as their inherent complexity and difficulty permit. The sentences are well-structured, with a sense of rhythm and voice. On a larger scale, the stucture of the book creates a desire to find out more and more about the overall thesis - how is it all going to fit together?
I pay Steven Pinker the best compliment that I've ever received, myself, from a fellow professional author: This fucker knows how to write!