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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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oh dear

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

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a F...ing good read

A excellent insight how as humans we have totally fucked up our existence. I was a little disappointed however that the author failed to acknowledge the existence of Africa and it's great civilisations. With exception of an ape falling out of a tree and slavery. And that's a great shame. Other than that a truly funny book with Nish Kumar bringing the book alive with his comedic timing. Overall not a bad book and I look forward to other books by Tom Philips.

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Sumed up in a word Hubris

Well, how many ways can you think of, on how to F*** it up? This book covers some of the big ones. A warning to those who have just the right answer to that nagging problem. No good deed goes unpunished and all that, although those punished may not have anything to do with anything.

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Excellent

One of my all time favourites. I've listened twice. Excellent content and well narrated.

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a joy to listen

It's a joy to listen around the topic of "humans are stupid and we are all doomed!" Ha ha ha! 😄 And Nish Kumar's voice and sarcasm is a perfect fit for this book.

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Excellent Book!!

Absolutely loved every bit of this book!! There were so many interesting facts I didn’t know especially how and why Texas became part of the States from being part of Mexico.
Enjoy reading this book y’all!!!

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Excellent all round

Well written and read, interesting facts and well timed humor. Ultimately a great listen all round

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Excellent listen

This book is a hilarious skim over of where humans have gone wrong. Well read by Nish Kumar!

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Great book and brilliantly read

loved this book. Nish was perfect as the reader. definitely recommend this audio book to all.

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  • 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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  • 11-02-21

History told in a compelling manner.

History viewed via human failure. Excellent narration. Compelling and witty. I was sad it ended.

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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.