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A Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Daily Express Book of the Year

'Hugely, highly and happily recommended'

Stephen Fry

'You should read Humankind. You'll learn a lot (I did) and you'll have good reason to feel better about the human race'

Tim Harford

'The book we need right now'

Daily Telegraph

'Made me see humanity from a fresh perspective'

Yuval Noah Harari

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.

Business & Personal Finance
19 May
Bloomsbury Publishing

Customer Reviews

catherinefairhurst ,


This book absolutely reassured me it’s time for change. One kind ,humankind.H🙏🙏🙏🙏

ecol666 ,

We need to make this book a text book in every classroom across the world to make it a better place

It’s a beacon of hope, a marvel in research based non fiction literature, and an absolute joy to read!
This book should be part of curriculum in every school in the world, a free guidebook handed out to every employer including the C level in every business. It’s an epic short journey through human history that resets your mind and bringing you back in touch your human self to remind you how beautiful you are and everyone around you. It’s positivity and humanism is contagious and I want more of it!

Terence Alan ,

Very uplifting

Very uplifting, it reminds me of a book I read years ago called Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff.
I love his optimism in this book.

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