Being Human (Hardback)Lewis Dartnell (author)
From the bestselling author of Origins, Being Human is an absorbing investigation into the various ways our biology has shaped our societies, economies, relationships and progress throughout history.
Being Human is history made flesh. It will change the way you see the world.
We are a wonder of evolution. Powerful yet dextrous, instinctive yet thoughtful, we are expert communicators and innovators. Our exceptional abilities have created the civilisation we know today.
But we're also deeply flawed. Our bodies break, choke and fail, whether we're kings or peasants. Diseases thwart our boldest plans. Our psychological biases have been at the root of terrible decisions in both war and peacetime.
This extraordinary contradiction is the essence of what it means to be human - the sum total of our frailties and our faculties. And history has played out in the balance between them. Now, for the first time, Lewis Dartnell tells our story through the lens of this unique, capricious and fragile nature. He explores how our biology has shaped our relationships, our societies, our economies and our wars, and how it continues to challenge and define our progress.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 592 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 34 mm
'Stands comparison with Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens... a thrilling piece of Big History' - Sunday Times on Origins
'The most inspiring book I've read for a long time' - Independent on The Knowledge
'Brilliant... Dartnell has a rare talent in being able to see the big picture - and explaining why it matters' - Peter Frankopan on Origins
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