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  • The Journey of Humanity

  • The Origins of Wealth and Inequality
  • By: Oded Galor
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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*Includes a recording of the Intelligence Squared event, featuring Oded Galor in conversation with Kamal Ahmed*

A radically uplifting account of our species' progress, from one of the world's pre-eminent thinkers—with breakthrough insights into the power of diversity and our capacity to tackle climate change.

What are the keys to human progress?

Why are living standards so unequal around the world?

How might all humans thrive and survive?

In The Journey of Humanity, Oded Galor offers a revelatory explanation of how humanity became, only very recently, the unique species to have escaped a life of subsistence poverty, enjoying previously unthinkable wealth and longevity. He reveals why this process has been so unequal around the world, resulting in the great disparities between nations that exist today. He shows why so many of our efforts to improve lives have failed and how they might succeed.

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Critic reviews

"Astounding in scope and insight...provides the keys to the betterment of our species." (Nouriel Roubini, author of Crisis Economics)

"A masterful sweep through the human odyssey...if you liked Sapiens, you'll love this." (Lewis Dartnell, author of Origins)

"An engaging and optimistic answer to anyone who thinks that poverty and inequality will always be with us." (Ian Morris, author of Why the West Rules - For Now)

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long busted ideas for the human evolution

many of the ideas presented have been challenged and changed from science. the author is only giving us his opinions without any solid arguments.

'industrial revolution was great for farmers. it's wrong of us to believe they were miserable leaving their homes.'really?!!! people being forced to move and accept shitty work conditions, it's their happy choice ?!!!

but the voice is calm enough to put me to sleep 😴
so at least it's serving some use.

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Masterful

Galor's mastery of both technical detail and narrative is on full display, but the book is a bit out of date on the deep past. The narrator has a rather condescending tone.