Humankind: A Hopeful History
ISBN: 0316418528
EAN13: 9780316418522
Language: English
Release Date: Nov 16, 2021
Pages: 480
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER. The Sapiens of 2020.---The Guardian

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Utopia for Realists comes the riveting pick-me-up we all need right now (People), the #1 Dutch bestseller Humankind, which offers a bold (Daniel H. Pink), extraordinary (Susan Cain) argument that humans thrive in a crisis and that our innate kindness and cooperation have been the greatest factors in our long-term success on the planet.

Humankind made me see humanity from a fresh perspective. ---Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 bestseller Sapiens

Longlisted for the 2021 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

One of the Washington Post's 50 Notable Nonfiction Works in 2020
If there is one belief that has united the left and the right, psychologists and philosophers, ancient thinkers and modern ones, it is the tacit assumption that humans are bad. It's a notion that drives newspaper headlines and guides the laws that shape our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Pinker, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, we're taught, are by nature selfish and governed primarily by self-interest. But what if it isn't true? International bestseller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past Read More chevron_right

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   This book was different than I expected but I learned so much. I loved every minute of it and will encourage others to read it! I liked learning about how others are innately kind.
The book is a great read, and I'll be back for more. I look forward to hearing the good stories about Hu, Bernadette said. It's a refreshing perspective on human kindness, Raymond said.
 
5
   This book definitely changed my way of dealing with life!
Thanks to a book club, I read this book.
 
5
   Great read
A great book, highly recommend. The evidence is backed by the expertise of our scientists.
 
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   A change in mindset
Even though I am not a Christian, I am determined to think humans are kind and trusting in nature. I especially like the humane prison model, Bruno said.
 
5
   Incredibly insightful
The book does a great job uncovering parts of history that were never told. It teaches kids that there is a negativity bias that humans have toward others.
 
5
   Elevating!
Interesting factoids. It's a book we all must read this year. Anthropology, psychology, history and sociology are the four fields of study. Loved it. Loved it.
 
5
   This is the book that the world needs right now
b>The New Republic/b> turns so many of our assumptions about human beings upside down. The second part of the story picks up where the first left off, with a real Lord of the Flies scenario which ends He very differently than the popular book of that name. He shows how many experiments on human nature have been debunked, but are still cited widely while the famous studies disproving them have been buried. He shows why compassion is far more constructive than empathy in human relations and points to solutions for major societal problems of today including racism, prison issues, and the inflammatory nature of social media. Overall a great book.
 
5
   Insightful, Refreshing and Thorough
I recently watched a BBC interview with the author, Rutger Bregman, and became compelled to purchase and read this book. I found the author to be quite insightful and his words to be a refreshing read. It is one of those books that invites a meaningful dialogue with family, friends and colleagues regarding a host of significant aspects of our history and identity as a human race. Rutger Bregman's writing and research offers a thorough and great opportunity to learn who we are, where we came from and where we are headed, he said. Whether you are a lawyer, consultant, or trader, this book will enlighten.
 
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