Title: Humankind
Authors: Bregman, Rutger
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 463
Year: 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Language: English
Description: In an antidote to the woes of the world, this Dutch historian offers a fresh perspective on human nature. Is it possible that people are fundamentally decent and not the selfish and self-interested beings we have been led to believe? Drawing from wide-ranging disciplines including psychology, politics, philosophy and sociology, the author reassesses historical events and landmark studies in human behaviour, to make the well-referenced case that we have been woefully misinformed.

Bold and engaging, this stimulating book challenges the basic negative assumptions we have about human nature that we have inherited and proposes an optimistic alternative, and a roadmap for a better future.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Good writing style and well-paced chapters made this book a pleasure to read."

"The beauty of this book is in the way the information unfolds like a story."

"The reader is taken along Bregman's journey of discovery, rediscovery, learning and re-learning."

"We're kept guessing as to which conclusion the author will ultimately draw and it's very good for the momentum of the book."

"The stories and examples the author gives are wonderfully interesting."

"I found myself reading out whole passages to my husband because they were so amazing!"

Categories: Non fiction, Big Read, Contemporary, Environmental, Inspirational, Philosophy, Political, Psychology, Science & Technology, Social commentary/perspectives, Translation, 2022 Titles


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By: CHCH 478 2021-11-05 12:47:04
Although this book did not suit everyone in our group, those that read it thoroughly enjoyed it. The book produced a most enjoyable discussion.

By: HOKITIK 003 2021-10-05 12:06:47
Great book! Not a light read but we enjoyed it:-)

By: AUCK 360 2021-09-15 16:26:51
We all found the book very interesting and challenging our long held beliefs. Several thought it was an excellent book , well written and fitted in well with non-violence philosophy. Others felt it was too long and needed editing and one thought it developed into almost a cult like treatise trying to convince you to join his ideas. It provoked a great discussion and we all agreed many more people should read it. Was very Eurocentric even though several examples were from other cultures and ignored the role gender plays in our understanding of what it is to be human. A very clever author.

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