Ronald Wright

Historian, novelist, and essayist Ronald Wright’s reach is wide, with award-winning books published in 16 languages and more than 40 countries. Born in England to Canadian and British parents, Ronald studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University. He spent years in Mexico and South America, Africa, and the South Seas, before finally settling on Salt Spring Island.

A Short History of Progress (2004), which examines humankind’s increasingly precarious “experiment” with civilization, was the best-selling book in the CBC Massey Lecture Series‘ 50-year history, winning the 2005 Libris Award for Nonfiction Book of the Year and chosen as one of the Literary Review of Canada‘s 25 most influential books. Martin Scorsese’s Surviving Progress, a documentary film based on the book, premiered in 2011.

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