Rutger Bregman (1988) is historicus en schrijver. Zijn werk is in meer dan 30 talen vertaald. Hij schrijft voor het online journalistieke platform De Correspondent. In 2020 won Rutger Bregman de NS Publieksprijs met zijn boek 'De meeste mensen deugen'.
If you only read one book this year, make it this one CATHY RENTZENBRINKThis book must be read by as many people as possible - only when people change their view of human nature will they begin to believe in the possibility of building a better world GRACE BLAKELEYItd be no surprise if it proved to be the Sapiens of 2020 GUARDIANIts a belief that unites the left and right, psychologists and philosophers, writers and historians. It drives the headlines that surround us and the laws that touch our lives. From Machiavelli to Hobbes, Freud to Dawkins, the roots of this belief have sunk deep into Western thought. Human beings, were taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest. Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good. the instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too. In this major book, internationally Bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the worlds most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history. From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an infamous New York murder, Stanley Milgrams Yale shock machine to the Stanford prison experiment, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think - and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society. It is time for a new view of human nature.
Het boek is goed geschreven en vol enthousiasme. De boodschap van Rutgher toont aan dat mensen intrinsiek goed willen doen. Soms voelen de hoofdstukken echter vrij willekeurig aan, en worden veel argumenten herhaald doorheen heel het boek.