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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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Very very entertaining

Amazing book 😊 so many fascinating insights into aspects of human history and psychology intelligently written and amusingly told.

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Brilliant

Excellent account with a wide ranging coverage of history. Kumar’s narration is on point and fits the dry and sarcastic tone of this book. Loved it and thoroughly recommend.

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just read it

fantastic book, I learnt a lot of new things and slowly lost all faith in humanity. read it and have a great time.

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  • Lawrence Shelton
  • 20-12-2018

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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  • nikex
  • 11-02-2021

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
  • 22-08-2019

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
  • 17-07-2019

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
  • 25-06-2019

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
  • 06-06-2019

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.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-2019

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-07-2019

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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  • Mr. R. D. Cox
  • 26-04-2020

oh dear

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

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  • Paul Murphy
  • 17-11-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-2021

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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  • Charity Muzawazi
  • 06-04-2021

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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  • Danielle Heron
  • 04-04-2021

Excellent all round

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

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  • Natalie
  • 22-03-2021

Excellent listen

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-03-2021

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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  • Lilly Grant
  • 11-11-2020

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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