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Humankind: A Hopeful History

£9.99

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for anyone interested in wellbeing in society, and definitely for history, politics, economics or psychology students.

A quick summary

Rutger Bremen brings together the mounting pile of evidence that ‘Western’ political and economic organisation has been based on a mistaken view of human nature. The book makes a compelling case for rethinking the assumptions and received opinions, and rediscovering the alternative.

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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
A Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Daily Express Book of the Year

‘Hugely, highly and happily recommended’ Stephen Fry
‘You should read Humankind. You’ll learn a lot (I did) and you’ll have good reason to feel better about the human race’ Tim Harford
‘Made me see humanity from a fresh perspective’ Yuval Noah Harari

It’s a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives.

From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we’re taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest. Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good.

By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too. In this major book, internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world’s most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an infamous New York murder, Stanley Milgram’s Yale shock machine to the Stanford prison experiment, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think – and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.

It is time for a new view of human nature.

Additional information

Format Paperback
Weight 400 g
Dimensions 197 × 130 × 34 mm
Book Author

ISBN 9781408898956

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