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    For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike - either free and equal, or thuggish and warlike. Civilisation, we are told, could be achieved only by sacrificing those original freedoms or, alternatively, by taming our baser instincts. David Graeber and David Wengrow show how such theories first emerged in the 18th century as a reaction to Indigenous critiques of European society and why they are wrong. In doing so, they overturn our view of human history, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery and civilisation itself.

    Drawing on path-breaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we begin to see what's really there. If humans did not spend 95 per cent of their evolutionary past in tiny bands of hunter-gatherers, what were they doing all that time? If agriculture, and cities, did not mean a plunge into hierarchy and domination, then what kinds of social and economic organisation did they lead to? The answers are often unexpected and suggest that the course of history may be less set in stone and more full of playful possibilities than we tend to assume.

    The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path towards imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organising society. This is a monumental book of formidable intellectual range, animated by curiosity, moral vision and faith in the power of direct action.

    ©2021 David Graeber, David Wengrow (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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    "Pacey and potentially revolutionary." (Sunday Times)

    "Iconoclastic and irreverent...an exhilarating read." (Guardian)
     

    "Boldly ambitious, entertaining and thought-provoking." (Observer)

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    Not as good as the books it criticises

    The authors know their stuff and explain it well with plenty of details and examples. The overall message is clearly and convincingly put.
    The text however is often less than limpid and requires one’s full concentration to follow the unnecessarily complex phrasing. There is very little humour and it lacks the pleasure one has in reading the very books it criticises, most notably Sapiens.
    Overall worth the effort though.

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    a fantastic book

    What a great book!
    I learned so much. I will listen again to this book.

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    The Davids' history



    Really enjoyed the holistic view of the
    authors, as well as the narrator's accent. Have to listen to it again in a few months to absorb the whole setting of the Dawn.

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    • 24/10/2021

    Better than Yuval Harari’s Sapiens

    A brilliant, wide ranging and fascinating journey into human history that references intellectual and indigenous voices alike.

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    • 28/11/2021

    Brilliantly mind opening

    A stunningly detailed account of the key conceptions and misconceptions about early civilisation. A must read for anyone who thinks contemporary accounts of history just don’t add up.

    The narration is compelling and sincere, a joy to listen to.

    Overall whilst it is a mammoth undertaking it is rewarding, especially the well thought out conclusion.

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    • 03/11/2021

    Just awesome!

    The audiobook is an amazing companion to the real thing.

    The book itself is incredible well written and mind blowing.

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    • David Watson
    • 30/10/2021

    Fascinating, challenging provocative and entertaining

    A powerful critique of received wisdom and an open challenge to current researchers and university curriculums. Should be required reading for anyone interested in the human condition. Highly recommended

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    • Greg
    • 01/08/2022

    tremendous book, mostly excellent audio

    this is really a thought-provoking volume. It's likely to radically change how the reader approaches other 'big history' works.

    The audio production is also excellent. There is an occasional misreading (e.g., 'casual' for 'causal'), but given the scope of the subject matter, that's not unsurprising.

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    • Bob Brown
    • 21/12/2021

    not suited to this format

    this is an important landmark academic document. it is conceptually dense and needs to be poured over to unpack. The audiobook format presents it in an upbeat 'level' toner which impedes comprehension.

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    • Alice Weiss
    • 20/12/2021

    Utterly transformative

    This book is perhaps the single most mind blowing thing I've engaged with in a long while. The systematic dismantling of long held misconceptions about the development of civilization and prehistoric living is something I now consider to have been long overdue.
    Amazing work, though I don't particularly like the voice of the narrator. He sounds like a snob.

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    • Sonja Corterier
    • 24/01/2022

    Brilliant

    Absolutely brilliant content, excellently read. Graeber could be verbose but it always results in diligently making his point in several contexts.

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    • Szumi
    • 14/12/2021

    Anarchists rewriting history

    Unreadable, leftist garbage of a book without any actionable ideas for the real world we are living in. The authors are self-proclaimed anarchists and thus cherry-picked and spinned their sources to comply with their ideological worldview, "rewriting" history. Absolutely worthless read, unless you are in a socialist reading club, then go for it.

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    • Kindle-Kunde
    • 16/06/2022

    Eye-opening view on early history and its impacts

    Very clear abd descriptive explanations, lot of examples. Our view on the past and the present need to change.

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    • Leo B
    • 01/10/2022

    An insightful reinterpretation of humanity's past

    With references and in depth explanations, this book offers a different picture of what earlier human organization systems really were.
    In a world apparently ruled by the wealthy and powerful, this work is simply evidence that another way has been posible.
    So is a small light of hope, that tell us from our rich past enlightening our future.
    The only down side is that goes way deep in anthropology, so if you are not from that field, could be a little too heavy...