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Summary

An exhilarating journey through the most creative and catastrophic f--k ups in human history, from our very first ancestor falling out of that tree to the most spectacular fails of the present day. Perfect for fans of Sarah Knight and Giles Milton. 

This is Humans.

In the 70,000 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, truly, quite unbelievably f--k things up. 

From Chairman Mao's Four Pests Campaign to the sinking of the Titanic; from the American Dustbowl to the world's leading superpower electing a reality TV mogul as President...it's pretty safe to say that, as a species, we haven't exactly grown wiser with age. 

So next time you think you've really f--ked up, this book will remind you: it could be so much worse....

©2018 Tom Phillips (P)2018 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Taught me more than school..

This title is simply fantastic, and the first audiobook that I have ever gone back to listen over. The storytelling throughout each chapter is easy to follow with comedic moments every couple of paragraphs. Most importantly, I took so many facts away from it, admittedly they are facts that I will never have a need for but it keeps my parents happy to know that my knowledge bank is still growing! The narrator can get a little over excited at times, I found myself telling him to 'chill out' from time to time, particularly when he was narrating a part around Hitler... Overall, a fantastic listen and very much worth the 6 and a half hours of anyone's time.

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Fun, Interesting facts but a little superficial

Some bits are super funny and in general most of the facts are interesting but it lacks deeper thinking and sometimes you feel the description of a f*ck up is quite superficial

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oh dear

optimism bias, my favourite bias, makes me think that I and all mankind will learn. we won't.

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Really Funny & Interesting

I can’t say anything bad about this audio book it’s hilarious and really interesting! Highly recommend if you are a fan of science and history.

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Buy it

It's some good shit! Would definitely recommend, especially with Nish reading. Definitely worth my monthly credit.

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Well worth a listen

Really enjoyed listening to this book and Nish helped it along in places with his comedic timing.

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Simply brilliant

Fantastic story telling of humans most epic fuck ups, shedding a new and different light onto the human race. Laugh out loud funny and an audio book I couldn’t stop listening too.

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it's like listening to your funny friend talking about history in a friendly funny way. fantastic

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History for dummies

Brilliantly narrated by Nish Kumar, this book is an informative, humorous and enjoyable read/listen. I would highly recommend

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Thoroughly enjoying & engrossing

This was such an enjoyable listening experience... Both informative and entertaining at the same time... There is so much truth in the title and contents of this book and the human race as a whole should sit up and take notice...

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  • Lawrence Shelton
  • 20-12-18

Deeply troubling, but humorously told.

we should spend more time learning from history, rather than charging headfirst into the mistakes of the future. Well written, excellent performance and well researched. Listen, think and learn.

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  • Jane
  • 22-08-19

Highly enjoyable

Brilliant choice of narrator. Very interesting book: it will be interesting to see how the future of the world plays out now that we’ve been effectively warned that if we continue doing what we’re doing, we will not have learnt anything from history.

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  • Craig Taylor
  • 17-07-19

Brilliant!!

This book is brilliant, a must listen. Very well written and narrated. Finished it in 3 days as could not stop listening to it. 10/10, best book I have listened to this year.

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  • Christopher Garstad Bjornsen
  • 25-06-19

A must read!

A bit pessimist, but hey. Fucking up is what humans do. And we are so good at it.

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  • Brian Kennan
  • 06-06-19

Awful. Deplorably bad. Cynical rant.

Author takes some interesting historic factoids and uses them to rant about "what a bunch of idiots" did throughout history. The narrator is straight from a late night UK comedy club. This book shows how to look at history through a sneering cynical lens. I should have guessed from the title, but for some reason I was expecting humourous insights rather that sneering cynicism.