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Author: David Graeber, David Wengrow Narrator: Malk Williams Publisher: Macmillan Audio Audio Length: Release Date: November 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250818669

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A dramatically new understanding of human history, challenging our most fundamental assumptions about social evolution—from the development of agriculture and cities to the origins of the state, democracy, and inequality—and revealing new possibilities for human emancipation. For generations, our remote ancestors have been cast as primitive and childlike—either free and equal innocents, or thuggish and warlike. Civilization, 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 eighteenth century as a conservative reaction to powerful critiques of European society posed by Indigenous observers and intellectuals. Revisiting this encounter has startling implications for how we make sense of human history today, including the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy, slavery, and civilization itself. Drawing on pathbreaking research in archaeology and anthropology, the authors show how history becomes a far more interesting place once we learn to throw off our conceptual shackles and perceive what’s really there. If humans did not spend 95 percent 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 organization did they lead to? What was really happening during the periods that we usually describe as the emergence of "the state"? The answers are often unexpected, and suggest that the course of human history may be less set in stone, and more full of playful, hopeful possibilities, than we tend to assume. The Dawn of Everything fundamentally transforms our understanding of the human past and offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom, new ways of organizing society. This is a monumental book of formidable intellectual range, animated by curiosity, moral vision, and a faith in the power of direct action. A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Quotes

  • “Lively and often very funny…It is the story of how we made it up as we went along―of how things coul”d have been different and, perhaps, still might be.”

    - New Yorker
  • “Its goal…nothing less than upending everything we think we know about the origins and evolution of human societies…[with] new archaeological discoveries of recent decades."

    - New York Times
  • “[A] sense of revelation animates this provocative take on humankind’s social journey.”

    - Science News
  • “Graeber and Wengrow hope to show that human imagination and possibility is broader and more hopeful than we let ourselves believe.”

    - NBC News

Awards

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble bestseller

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About the Author

David Graeber (1961—2020) was a professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. He is the author of Debt: The First 5,000 Years and Bullshit Jobs: A Theory and was a contributor to Harper’s Magazine, the London Guardian, and The Baffler. An iconic thinker and renowned activist, his early efforts in Zuccotti Park made Occupy Wall Street an era-defining movement.

About the Narrator

Malk Williams is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.