Oded Galor

The Journey of Humanity

The Journey of Humanity

The Origins of Wealth and Inequality

Summary

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.

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

'There will be inevitable comparisons with Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens ... If you need an evidence-based antidote to doomscrolling, here it is'
Guardian

'Its breadth and ambition are reminiscent of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel'
Financial Times
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What are the keys to human progress?
Why are living standards so unequal around the world?
How might we all thrive and survive?


In The Journey of Humanity, Oded Galor offers a revelatory explanation of how we 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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'A wildly ambitious attempt to do for economics what Newton, Darwin or Einstein did for their fields: develop a theory that explains almost everything ... An inspiring, readable, jargon-free and almost impossibly erudite masterwork' Simon Kuper, New Statesman

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

'Unparalleled in its scope and ambition' Washington Post