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Review Essay

The Real Killer

Fighting the Scourge of Everyday Violence

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A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security
A Savage Order: How the World’s Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security
By Rachel Kleinfeld
Pantheon, 2018, 496 pp. Purchase

These are dangerous times: war in Syria and Yemen, bloody repression in Venezuela, ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Yet by some measures, the world is safer than ever before. The rate of violent death has been falling, albeit unevenly, for decades, even centuries. Fewer people are killed on the battlefield, on the streets, and in homes. Led by the psychologist Steven Pinker, who has collected reams of evidence demonstrating that humanity has slowly but surely grown more peaceable, a new group of thinkers is urging policymakers and the public to consider not just what the world is doing wrong in terms of violence but also what it is doing right.

Rachel Kleinfeld is one such thinker, and her new book, A Savage Order, is to some extent an extension of Pinker’s work. Kleinfeld sets out to “study success” by examining regions where murderous violence has fallen. She also draws on

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