Sur­vival of the Nicest. How Al­tru­ism Made us Hu­man, and Why it Pays to Get Along. Stefan Klein. Scribe. $ 29.99

The Australian - The Deal - - First Up -

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.

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