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A landmark, 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.

"Completely brilliant and utterly original ... a book for our epoch." Jon Snow, former presenter Channel 4 News

"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

In a captivating journey from the dawn of human existence to the present, world-renowned economist and thinker Oded Galor offers an intriguing solution to two of humanity’s great mysteries. 

Why are humans the only species to have escaped - only very recently - the subsistence trap, allowing us to enjoy a standard of living that vastly exceeds all others? And why have we progressed so unequally around the world, resulting in the great disparities between nations that exist today? Immense in scope and packed with astounding connections, Galor's gripping narrative explains how technology, population size, and adaptation led to a stunning “phase change” in the human story a mere two hundred years ago. But by tracing that same journey back in time and peeling away the layers of influence - colonialism, political institutions, societal structure, culture - he arrives also at an explanation of inequality's ultimate causes: those ancestral populations that enjoyed fruitful geographical characteristics and rich diversity were set on the path to prosperity, while those that lacked it were disadvantaged in ways still echoed today.

As we face ecological crisis across the globe, The Journey of Humanity is a book of urgent truths and enduring relevance, with lessons that are both hopeful and profound: gender equality, investment in education, and balancing diversity with social cohesion are the keys not only to our species’ thriving but to its survival.

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“Astounding in scope and insight, The Journey of Humanity provides a captivating and revelatory account of the deepest currents that have shaped human history, and the keys to the betterment of our species.”—Nouriel Roubini, Professor Emeritus NYU and Author of Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance 

“A masterful sweep through the human odyssey, from the origin of our species to the founding of civilizations and the major transitions towards the making of the modern world. Galor answers the ultimate mystery: what historical currents account for the staggering inequality in the wealth of nations today? Exquisite, eloquent and effortlessly erudite - if you liked Sapiens, you'll love this.”—Lewis Dartnell, author of Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History 

"Not only a succinct, unified theory of economic growth since modern humans evolved, but also an engaging and optimistic answer to anyone who thinks that poverty and inequality will always be with us"Ian Morris, Stanford University's Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor in Classics, and author of The Measure of Civilization 

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Thought-provoking and highly original

Through an abundance of interesting historical and anthropological examples, this book presents a coherent scientific theory on the root causes of human economic prosperity and global inequality. The author exposes key mechanisms that explains global economic development since the origins of humankind, as well as income inequality across countries today. The book is extremely well written and interspersed with interesting information. At the same time, the book does not oversimplify the arguments, and is filled with pointers to the relevant primary literature. This makes the book suitable for both curious members of the general public as well as students of economics or related disciplines.