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Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up

Written by: Tom Phillips
Narrated by: Nish Kumar
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Categories: History, World
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Modern humans have come a long way in the 70,000 years they’ve walked the earth. Art, science, culture, trade - on the evolutionary food chain, we’re true winners. But it hasn’t always been smooth sailing, and sometimes - just occasionally - we’ve managed to truly f--k things up.

Weaving together history, science, politics, and pop culture, Humans offers a panoramic exploration of humankind in all its glory, or lack thereof. From Lucy, our first ancestor, who fell out of a tree and died, to General Zhou Shou of China, who stored gunpowder in his palace before a lantern festival, to the Austrian army attacking itself one drunken night, to the most spectacular fails of the present day, Humans reveals how even the most mundane mistakes can shift the course of civilization as we know it. 

Lively, wry, and brimming with brilliant insight, this unique compendium offers a fresh take on world history and is one of the most entertaining listens of the year.

©2019 Tom Phillips (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Funny and entertaining.

Dragged on in places, but overall, was quite funny and enlightening. You picked the perfect narrator.

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Fascinating, brilliant, depressing and scary

It's a wonder we've made it this far. And makes you wonder how much further.

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Irritating book

I expected this book would provide a thoughtful analysis of mistakes made by humans and how we can improve decision making and history. Instead it was just a silly compilation of many obscure figures of history who did laughably bad things. I learned nothing. And the author tried too hard to be cute and funny with writing style and with unnecessary and irritating profanity.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-06

loved it! Well put together.

Although not a fan of profanity in print, this book was put together, written, and performed so well I honestly loved the flow. Great book. I will listen to it again, and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-05-20

Truth in Spades

Wow! Slapped in the face, and yet I still hope for the human race. God help us. 🌿

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  • James G. McDonald
  • 2019-09-05

laugh your way to the apocalypse

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets humanities seemingly endless quest to fuck up. I laughed through 2 consecutive readings.

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  • Olivia
  • 2019-08-17

Haha, how have we not gone extinct yet?

A really funny look at the very serious ways that humans have been fucking up throughout all of history. Definitely worth checking out, as those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it again and again and again and again. As humans tend to to.

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  • BC Canada
  • 2019-07-30

good except for a little passive aggressive racism

really amusing and I enjoyed learning some new facts. unfortunate that the author brings up race only when it applys to europeans.

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  • W. E. Cobble
  • Virginia
  • 2019-05-19

Simultaneously Hilarious and Cringe-Inducing

This book is the perfect accompaniment to Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind.