Humans by Tom Phillips audiobook

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

By Tom Phillips
Read by Nish Kumar

9781335936639

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982645717

  • ISBN: 9781982645700

  • ISBN: 9781982645724

Runtime: 6.46 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

An exhilarating history of humankind, chronicling thousands of years of trial and error—but mostly error—in the rise of civilization

Modern humans have come a long way in the seventy thousand 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*ck 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 that attacked itself one drunken night, to the most spectacular fails of the present day, Phillips 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 reads of the year.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Witty, entertaining, and slightly distressing but ultimately endearing.” Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author
“A laugh-along, worst-hits album for humanity.” Steve Brusatte, New York Times bestselling author
“Chronicles humanity’s myriad follies down the ages with malicious glee and much wit…a rib-tickling page-turner.” Business Standard (India)
“Cheeky and vulgar yet surprisingly erudite, the book is like Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens retold by a standup comedian a few drinks in.” Booklist
“The author’s approach is spirited and goofy…you’ve got to enjoy a book that explores weird manias…and misguided actions.” Kirkus Reviews
“A timely, irreverent gallop through thousands of years of human stupidity. Every time you begin to find our foolishness bizarrely comforting, Tom Phillips adds another kick in the ribs. Beneath all this book’s laughter is a serious question: Where does so much serial stupidity take us?” Nicholas Griffin, author of Ping-Pong Diplomacy

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Author

Author Bio: Tom Phillips

Author Bio: Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips is a journalist and humor writer based in London. He was the editorial director of BuzzFeed UK, where he divided his time between very serious reporting on important issues, and making jokes. He studied Archaeology & Anthropology and the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, and is pleasantly surprised to be working on a book that actually makes use of them. Over his career Tom has been a member of a very briefly acclaimed comedy group, worked in television and in Parliament, and once launched an unsuccessful newspaper.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.46
Audience: Adult
Language: English