'Witty and entertaining' Sarah Knight, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck
'Very funny' Mark Watson
'Tom Phillips is a very clever, very funny man . . . This history of failure cheerfully reminds us that humans are mostly idiots' Greg Jenner
AN EXHILARATING JOURNEY THROUGH THE MOST CREATIVE AND CATASTROPHIC F*CK-UPS OF HUMAN HISTORY, FROM OUR VERY FIRST ANCESTOR FALLING OUT OF THAT TREE, TO THE MOST SPECTACULAR FAILS OF THE PRESENT DAY
In the seventy thousand 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*ck things up.
From Chairman Mao's Four Pests Campaign, to the American Dustbowl; from the Austrian army attacking itself one drunken night, 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*cked up, this book will remind you: it could be so much worse...
FURTHER PRAISE FOR HUMANS:
'In dark times, it's reassuring to learn that we've always been a bunch of clueless f*cking nitwits' Stuart Heritage, author of Don't Be a Dick, Pete
'A light-touch history of moments when humans have got it spectacularly wrong... Both readable and entertaining' Telegraph
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 - The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ckTom 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 - A Million Years and a Day
If you find yourself looking at the news and wondering how humanity has got so many things wrong, over and over again
, this book is a very funny
answer to just that question'
In dark times, it's reassuring to learn that we've always been a bunch of clueless f*cking nitwits
- Don't Be a Dick, PeteHumans
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
? - Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World
A light-touch history of moments when humans have got it spectacularly wrong... Both readable and entertaining
Chronicles humanity's myriad follies down the ages with malicious glee
and much wit
. . . a rib-tickling page-turner
- Business Standard