Survival of the Nicest. How Altruism Made us Human, and Why it Pays to Get Along. Stefan Klein. Scribe. $ 29.99
Author of The Science of Happiness, German science writer Klein argues about the importance of being nice. In a world where too much is measured in numbers, he draws on research from genetics, economics, behavioural science, anthropology, history and modern culture to make his case. Not being nice, he says, can be stressful. But nice guys don’t always finish first. My mother is nice but I doubt if she would do a good job running BHP. That said, Klein’s book is a reminder that people who know how to get along with others and can tap the inherent streak of altruism in most of us should have a better chance of success than those who don’t.