Facebook Book Club: Mark Zuckerberg Picks Book About Violence

Mark Zuckerberg has officially selected the second book for his recently-established book club on Facebook.

The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday that Zuckerberg chose the book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.

The Steven Pinker book, which was originally published in 2011, focuses on an apparent decline of violence when reflecting on human history overall. Pinker also confirmed the announcement of his book being selected on his own, official Twitter page on Saturday.

In an official statement, Mark Zuckerberg writes about why the Steven Pinker book was selected as the second pick of the “A Year of Books” club.

“Recent events might make it seem like violence and terrorism are more common than ever, so it’s worth understanding that all violence — even terrorism — is actually decreasing over time. If we understand how we are achieving this, we can continue our path towards peace. A few people I trust have told me this is the best book they’ve ever read.”

To further accommodate readers that are following his new book club’s selections, the Facebook CEO decided to extend the standard two-week deadline for completing the book to an entire month. Why? The book is 832 pages long.

Even though Mark Zuckerberg offered an extension to readers for this lengthy selection, Zuckerberg will still be selecting a third book in two weeks as previously scheduled.

As mentioned on the official Facebook page of the club, each of the books selected during for “A Year of Books” will emphasize learning about new technologies, histories, beliefs, and cultures.

Over 271,000 people have decided to “like” the new Facebook club, indicating a wide reach in a relatively short period of time.

Mark Zuckerberg’s first book club selection was titled The End of Power. Since its selection was announced, reports confirm that 13,000 copies have been sold — over 76 percent of which were actually eBooks.

With the popularity of the new book club as well, as the recent reports of Facebook posting Amber Alerts for missing children, it is apparently clear that Mark Zuckerberg is working hard to take Facebook to the next level.

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