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Instant New York Times best seller

"The Sapiens of 2020." (The Guardian)

From the author of the New York Times best seller Utopia for Realists comes "the riveting pick-me-up we all need right now" (People), the number one Dutch best seller 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 number one best seller Sapiens)

One of Washington Post's 50 Notable 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 best seller Rutger Bregman provides new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history, setting out to prove that we are hardwired for kindness, geared toward cooperation rather than competition, and more inclined to trust rather than distrust one another. In fact this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis going back to the beginning of Homo sapiens

From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford prison experiment to the true story of twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid, Bregman shows us that believing in human generosity and collaboration isn't merely optimistic - it's realistic. Moreover, it has huge implications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our politics and economics. But if we believe in the reality of humanity's kindness and altruism, it will form the foundation for achieving true change in society, a case that Bregman makes convincingly with his signature wit, refreshing frankness, and memorable storytelling.

©2020 Rutger Bregman (P)2020 Little, Brown & Company

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"Rutger Bregman's extraordinary new book is a revelation. Although Humankind is masterful in its grasp of history, both ancient and modern, the real achievement is Bregman's application of history to a new understanding of human nature. Humankind changes the conversation and lights the path to a brighter future. We need it now more than ever." (Susan Cain, author of the number one New York Times best seller Quiet)

"This stunning book will change how you see the world and your fellow humans. Humankind is mind-expanding and, more important, heart-expanding. We have never needed its message more than now." (Johann Hari, New York Times best-selling author of Lost Connections and Chasing the Scream

"An extraordinarily powerful declaration of faith in the innate goodness and natural decency of human beings. Never dewy-eyed, wistful or naive, Rutger Bregman makes a wholly robust and convincing case for believing - despite so much apparent evidence to the contrary - that we are not the savage, irredeemably greedy, violent, and rapacious species we can be led into thinking ourselves to be. Hugely, highly, and happily recommended." (Stephen Fry, author of Mythos and The Ode Less Travelled)

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truth

a much needed truth of human history and how we humans really behave. the author does an excellent job of relating and proving his points. the narration is also excellently performed; as if the author himself was reading it to you. a must read for every human.

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Antidote for pandemic panic - hope!

Excellent overview of humanity’s oft-neglected goodness, and why we should lean in to it. Not saccharine or naive, a sober and practical call to compassion. An appropriate sign off to this challenging year.

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A great read

this is a must listen audio book . I enjoyed it very much and I intend to listen to this once more

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Uplifting and reassuring

This book provides evidence for what I have always believed but had no proof for outside of my own personal experience. Should be required reading for ethics classes in high school. Bravo monsieur!

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Transformative

This is a rare book that comes along at just the time it is most needed. It should be required reading and on everyone’s list. Bregman should be lauded for a well researched, nuanced, “realistic” and balanced re-framing of the destructive tropes we as members of the human family deeply believe about ourselves and our other human family members. I will be sharing this book with everyone I know. I am deeply grateful it was translated into English.

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A must read seminal amazing insight on humans

A must read seminal amazing insight on human society. Dispels and destroys many still ongoing myths about the Stanford Prison experiment, the electric shock experiment, Lord of the Flies, Kitty Genovese murder, and especially Malcolm Gladwell's superficial myth peddling. with painstaking details destroys highly suspect behavioral experiments and creates great hope in the kindness and nicer aspects of human nature. Superb narration! A book which will change how we look at human and societal behaviour!

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Just Amazing!!!

Best society book ever! If you are tired of failing your family, team and or company, please read this book and stop the nonsense.

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Mandatory listening for 2020

I've become an evangelical for this book. It's fantastic. Everyone needs this in their life.

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Revolutionary

If only this were required reading, translated in every language. What a wonderful storyteller, who makes history accessible and interesting. I would have liked if Rutger Bregman read it

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WOW!!!!

Phenomenal book - it left me with a deep warmth and knowing goosebumps as it ended. Make sure to read the entire book. Brilliant and uplifting!! If this was mandatory in human history education, there would be an upswell in the knowing of our true and beautiful potential as a species. Thank you Rutger.

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  • Joey Caster
  • 2020-06-08

I would have given 5 stars but...

This was an excellent book that I thoroughly enjoyed. The one thing that kept me from giving it 5 stars was the author’s hypocrisy. He states that there is good and kindness in everyone and that we need to just look for it. He states you can find good in “murderers, thieves and rapists” but when he speaks of Trump supporters he regards them as lost degenerates. He should practice what he is preaching in this book and look for the good in everyone... including Trump supporters.

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  • Adam S McConnell
  • 2020-06-19

Really good, but...

The book is fantastic, though I don't believe that the author could not have read (or if he did he didn't understand), "The Selfish Gene" by Richard Dawkins. He references Dawkins' book multiple times and claims that the book concludes with the idea that humans are inherently selfish. This is not the case and is a common misconception of the ideas put forward in the book popularized by media outlets looking for a story that sells - which is ironically something that Mr. Bregman derides in his book. Part of "The Selfish Gene" is about a genetic basis for moral behavior and how the genes themselves are selfish. Not that the genes make the organisms (aka survival machines) they build inherently selfish. This erroneous assumption/conclusion on the part of Bregman doesn't take away from the main drive of "Humankind," but it was like nails on a chalkboard for me to hear the erroneous conclusion throughout the book. I highly reccomend reading both wonderful books for yourself.

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  • trishH2O
  • 2020-06-07

Not What We Need

I truly love this concept. How to be kind and how we can rewrite our story.... if you are WHITE. This book does not help me do the work I need to be doing right now. It is from the white perspective. If you come from a place of privilege, you do not have the historical abuse, racism, suppression, injustice, .... As a white woman, I have the luxury to look at the world around me as an opportunity. Doors will open because of the color of my skin. As a woman, I do struggle, but I am still privileged. We need to listen to other voices right now. If you are reading this book, GOOD. But also look at other books that help be ANTI-RACIST. I recommend "My Grandmother's Hands" "How To Be An Antiracist." Mr. Bregman, thank you for your research and hard work, but right now we have other work to do.

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  • J.Michael Campbell
  • 2020-06-11

An epically important idea casually addressed here

The central premise is huge and defendable. We have built civilization around our weakest links and assume the worst of each other. It could be different. While I like a lot of of the data points the author brings to make this case, I find his style a little whimsical like reading a freshman year college journaling project. Some of the topics deserve more rigorous treatment. This book seems to me like a simple casual outline of the more powerful serious book it could have been and which the subject so richly deserves.

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  • Alex Horovitz
  • 2020-06-10

Popper's Open Society meets Nicholas Nassim Taleb

I hate to say it, but if you fail to grasp the concepts being laid out here, you might just be stupid. Rutger Bregmank lays out the evidence (historical and otherwise) for the case that our worst fears about our fellow humans are largely unfounded. Worse, they are mostly made up without data and evidence to support them. With all that is going on in the world, take the time to step back and challenge your negative assumptions of your fellow humans. Bregmank shows us the better Angeles of our nature is the rule not the exception. He lays to waste the notion that humans are innately selfish and greedy. When it comes right down to it, almost all of us choose to help each other when we see someone in need. The myths perpetrated by political, economic, and religious leaders to the contrary serve only to maintain the power they hold over us. To borrow from "A Bug's Life" this is a book written for most of us (the ants) to remind us that, through our natural tendencies towards kindness, we are more powerful than them (the grasshoppers).

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  • Clyde M. Boyer
  • 2020-06-21

Perfect book for an imperfect time

It takes courage to write a book this unabashedly optimistic. It helps that Rutger Bregman backs up his insights with a wealth of research. Maybe it's my own bias, but I feel we are at a tipping point and books like Humankind can help us tip the balance in the right direction.

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  • Trebla
  • 2020-07-27

Philosoph wannabe drops the Ball

Bregman cruises along in several channels with impressive lack of depth, to get to his final Directions for Life, or whatever he calls it. While mentioning them, it is clear that Bregman did not understand Darwinian Evolution, nor Steven Pinker, nor did he probably read The Selfish Gene. Yet he launches his construct of "Homo puppy " as the genuine core of humanity. He mentions Frans DeWaal & other primatologist with such superficial grasp of the deep seated characteristics of animal homophily and the cooperative nature of successful tribes yet fails to incorporate those documented findings. Spend your time elsewhere

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  • Lily Silvester Wood
  • 2021-01-15

Inspiring and uplifting!

Humankind was referenced in a footnote of a daily meditation from Richard Rohr, which I followed and then listened to. Bergman crafts a story from which we can all learn - - we often see what we look for and get what we expect. This has blinded many to the truth that people have a natural affinity for good, and when not corrupted by power or negative expectations, we all tend towards the good. I highly recommend this, especially now, with political tensions so high. Unplug from the news and from social media and experience life with real people. They're just like you!

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  • Chandler Simms
  • 2021-01-14

Changed my worldview

This book turned my assumptions about humanity upside down. Thanks to everyone involved in making it!

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  • magbos
  • 2021-01-14

I couldn’t get enough of this book!

It’s like a warm blanket on a cold winter day! During a time of such high drama in the US and around the world, this book gives us hope that what we hear on the news and in social media is the focus on the exception not the rule. What Rutger Bregman teaches is what I've felt all my life, but haven't had the scientific evidence to prove ... but now I do.