Why this book?
Bregman rigorously and convincingly turns every commonplace assumption about human nature on its head. Human beings are bad, right? All those psychological experiments show it! Well, no, actually – Bregman goes through every single one of them and shows they’re full of holes. He also personally investigates an incredible case dubbed “The real Lord of the Flies”. It is easy to think that human beings are bad or, conversely (as I did), that human beings are generally vaguely alright. Well, Bregman showed me forensically that human beings are really something much more definable – pack animals, akin to dogs.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
A Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Daily Express Book of the Year
'Hugely, highly and happily recommended' Stephen Fry
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'Made me see humanity from a fresh perspective' Yuval Noah Harari
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