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Humans : a brief history of how we f----d it all up / Tom Phillips.

Phillips, Tom (Journalist), author. (Author).
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  • 0 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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3 current holds with 1 total copy.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 904.7 PHI (Text) 33500013063193 New On holds shelf -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781335936639
  • ISBN: 1335936637
  • Physical Description: 282 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, 2019.

Content descriptions

General Note: In the title, the word "fucked" appears with "ucke" crossed out.
Originally published: Great Britain : Wildfire, 2018.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The dawn of fuck-ups -- Why your brain is an idiot -- Nice environment you've got here -- Life, Uh, Finds a way -- Follow the leader -- People power -- War. Huh. What is it good for? -- Super happy fun Colonialism Party -- A dummies' and/or current presidents' guide to diplomacy -- The Shite heat of technology -- A brief history of not seeing things coming -- Epilogue: Fucking up the future.
Summary, etc.: 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, Phillips 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, this book reveals how even the most mundane mistakes can shift the course of civilization as we know it.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    "No matter how many challenges we conquer, catastrophe is always lurking just around the corner." That's the crux of journalist and humorist Phillips' schadenfreude-laced paean to human incompetence, which finds that our capacity for creativity and communication sets us apart from other species but can also lead to terrible decisions and disastrous, unforeseen consequences. With chapters like "Why Your Brain Is an Idiot" and "Nice Environment You've Got Here," Phillips catalogs various cognitive failures that have continually led humanity astray—confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect, prejudice—and ridicules thousands of years of intellectual, political, and social screw-ups. Chapter-ending listicles like "5 of the Weirdest Manias in History" and "7 Amazing Sights You'll Never See, Because Humans Ruined Them" add extra acidity to the mixture. 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. Phillips is not bashful about deploying unprintable profanity for the sake of emphasis and humor, making this ideal for readers in the mood for a "laugh so you don't cry" approach to human history. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: History > Errors, inventions, etc.
World history > Humor.
History > Miscellanea.
Civilization > History > Miscellanea.
Human beings.
Disasters > History.

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