Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up
In the seventy thousand years that modern human beings have walked this earth, we've come a long way. Art, science, culture, trade - on the evolutionary food chain, we're real...more
As an example of the list "fuck ups I have never heard about" is Mao Zedong's Fours Pests campaign. "The most disastrous entirely successful public health policy ever". T ...more
The story of human progress starts with our capacity for thinking and creativity. That's what sets humans apart from other animals – and it's also what leads us to make complete tits of ourselves on a regular basis.
Author Tom Phillips studied Archaeology, Anthropology and the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University and has worked as a journalist, a humour writer, and as the editorial director of BuzzFeed UK. All of these skills and influences are apparent in Humans: A Brief ...more
A Google search lead me to the World Economic Forum website … and the equally bizarre fact that this statistic is attributed to none other than ...more
Highly recommended for everyone. Even if you don't share my sentiments. ...more
I marked it as a re-read because Tom Philips refers to things in history that I totally don't remember haha and he basically just discusses the things in history that we went wrong but I want the whole story.
What has mankind le ...more
Is this entertainment - yes. Is there some honest-to-goodness history in here - absolutely. Do the dispiriting examples weave together into a serious lesson about how we learn, build cultures, and communicate - definitely.
So laugh with it. Laugh at it. But it's also real history worth taking a look at. ...more
But, Tom Phillips is a babe, a funny as hell babe. This book may be my non-fiction pick of the year. ...more
I read this book across about a week. It’s not a book I would read in one sitting. I found it best to read a chapter, put the book down and do something else (read another book even) and then come back to it for a daily chapter.
Tom Phillips writes with a combination of humor, sarcasm, and academic honesty. He's clearly an incredibly smart guy, but he doesn't take himself too seriously, and so we readers get to sit back and enjoy ourselves. Along the way we learn a few things and should probably be horrified by some of it, and yet the tone keeps us from sinking into ...more
In the seventy thousand years that modern human beings have walked this earth, we've come a long way. Art, science, culture, trade - on the evolutionary food chain, we're real winners. But, frankly, it's not exactly been plain sailing, and sometimes - just occasionally - we've managed to really, tru ...more
I really liked both the beginning and the end, but the middle was very repetitive. Not that it didnt do what it was supposed to do, he talked about lots of weird things during our history. I'm just more of a science guy, so the same concept the entire book was a bit much for me. I wish he wouldve talked more about climate change and what we're doing now etc. Sitll good tho, if you like history you'll like this. His humour is great, and the narrator of the audiobook makes it even better ...more
You should read this book. It pulls together history, science, politics, pop culture and everything else and ties it all together with the Best. Snark. Ever.
Try to read it where your snorting and snickering and giggling won't disturb others.
You won't be sorry! 😄 ...more
whatever our future holds, whatever baffling changes come along in t...more
The simple message? Don't be like the rest of humanity - learn from history. (Even if that's also incredibl ...more
I actually felt better about the world after listening to comedian Nish Kumar read this book. As bad as it can feel, humans have been just as stupid and awful throughout our history—and frequently we have been much, much worse. Hilarious, conversa ...more
(Not all of the men in the book are white, so neo-nazis can chill the fuck out; but it is largely a book about men fucking up because, as the author s ...more
Starting with an ape that fell from a tree and entered history, it's a comedy of errors and incompetence that shaped the world as we see it today. The book does not take sides, and it has hilarious and harrowing stories of how kings f*cked up, and how elected officials f*ucked it all up, how scientists f*c ...more
This is a book for those who love to learn about History; especially of said History is really really terrible.
Basically: between 300-1000 years ago, there were some certain people/persons who committed/were a part of some really bad events that fucked up the world in some way(including one event that still effects people to this day)no spoilers.
Tom Phillips did a really good job at putting a lot of detail in to each chapter(10 simple chapters) however; some of the details tend to ...more
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