Humans: A Brief History Of How We F*cked It All Up by Tom PhillipsHumans: A Brief History Of How We F*cked It All Up by Tom Phillips

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

byTom Phillips

Paperback | May 7, 2019

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“A thoroughly entertaining account of human follies and foibles from ancient times to the present.” —Penny Le Couteur, author of Napoleon’s Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History

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 attacking itself one drunken night, to the most spectacular fails of the present day, Humans 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.
Title:Humans: A Brief History Of How We F*cked It All UpFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.88 × 6.04 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:8.88 × 6.04 × 0.88 inPublished:May 7, 2019Publisher:Hanover Square PressLanguage:English

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“Tom Phillips has proven beyond a doubt that humans are goddamn lucky to be here and are doing nearly nothing to remain relevant and viable as a species—except, that is, for writing witty, entertaining, and slightly distressing-but-ultimately-endearing books about same. And if you care to avoid orbiting the earth in a space-garbage prison of your fellow humans’ design, you should probably read it.”—Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of Get Your Sh*t Together"Humans is Tom Phillips' timely, irreverent gallop through thousands of years of human stupidity.  Every time you begin to find our foolishness bizarrely comforting , 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: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World"Tom Phillips is a very clever, very funny man, and it shows. If Sapiens was a testament to human sophistication, this history of failure cheerfully reminds us that humans are mostly idiots."–Greg Jenner, author of A Million Years in a Day"Chronicles humanity’s myriad follies down the ages with malicious glee and much wit... a rib-tickling page-turner,"—Business Standard“A laugh-along, worst-hits album for humanity. With the delicate touch of a scholar and the laugh-out-loud chops of a comedian, Tom Phillips shows how our species has been messing things up ever since we evolved from apes and came down from the trees some 4 million years ago.”—Steve Brusatte, University of Edinburgh palaeontologist and New York Times bestselling author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs“Humans is a thoroughly entertaining account of unintended consequences, of arrogance and ignorance, of human follies and foibles from ancient times to the present. It seems history has taught us nothing—we are doomed to keep suffering the antics of both well-intended and ill-intended fools. As I was reading I wondered how I could be so disheartened and yet at the same time be laughing out loud.”—Penny Le Couteur, author of Napoleon's Buttons: How 17 Molecules Changed History"Thoroughly informative. Thoroughly entertaining. Thoroughly demoralizing. In a fun kind of way."—Robert Sapolsky New York Times bestselling author of Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst “It's hard to imagine someone other than Phillips pulling off a 250+ page roast of mankind, but his perfect blend of brilliance and goofiness makes it a joy to read.”—Buzzfeed “Cheeky and vulgar yet surprisingly erudite, the book is like Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens (2015) retold by a standup comedian a few drinks in.”—Booklist“Lively, informative and superbly entertaining….Tom Phillips's history class is in session, so be sure to get a front-row seat.”—Shelf Awareness