Humankind by Rutger Bregman

Humankind by Rutger Bregman

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘A beacon of hope for a frighted world’ DANNY DORLING

‘This is the book we need right now’ TELEGRAPH

‘It'd be no surprise if it proved to be the Sapiens of 2020’ GUARDIAN

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. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. 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.
Product Features:
  • The major new book from Dutch historian and internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman
Article Number:
91331
Author:
Rutger Bregman
Brand Name:
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN:
9781408898949
Number of Pages:
496
Product Depth:
3.8 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Length:
15.3 cm
Product Weight:
0.6 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
19.05.2020
Publisher:
Bloomsbury
Product details
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘A beacon of hope for a frighted world’ DANNY DORLING

‘This is the book we need right now’ TELEGRAPH

‘It'd be no surprise if it proved to be the Sapiens of 2020’ GUARDIAN

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. The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. 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.
Product Features:
  • The major new book from Dutch historian and internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman
Specification
Article Number:
91331
Author:
Rutger Bregman
Brand Name:
Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN:
9781408898949
Number of Pages:
496
Product Depth:
3.8 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Length:
15.3 cm
Product Weight:
0.6 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
19.05.2020
Publisher:
Bloomsbury