Translated from Dutch, Rutger Bregman (Utopia for Realists) has made a compelling case in this book, debunking the fundamental belief that humans are by nature selfishly-motivated. He covers human history and challenges some seminal studies and stories that have promulgated that belief, including the Lord of the Flies, the Stanford Prison Experiment, the Nazi era and much more.
These days book covers and the first few pages provide a smorgasbord of recommendations from other erudite writers, which are presumably intended to convince the potential reader to take the book in their hands to the cashier for payment. In this case I’ve chosen Stephen Fry to support my recommendation:
“An extraordinarily powerful declaration of faith in the innate goodness and natural decency of human beings. Never dewy-eyed, wistful or naive, Rutger Bregman makes a wholly robust and convincing case for believing – despite so much apparent evidence to the contrary – that we are not the savage, irredeemably greedy, violent and rapacious species we can be led into thinking ourselves to be.”
And Yuval Harari even makes it on to the front cover: “Humankind challenged me and made me see humanity from a fresh perspective.” A generous endorsement from the master himself.
So, highly recommended for those interested in human behaviour.