Reviews

  • A phenomenally important book. The story of why we humans evolved to become such a wonderfully cooperative, social species, and what that means for the world today. Nichola Raihani will change the way you think about ourselves.

    Lewis Dartnell, author of Origins: How the Earth Shaped Human History
  • Vibrant science about a topic that could not be more important: How did our superpower of cooperation evolve against the odds? This engaging book wears its strong scientific credentials lightly. I could not put it down.

    Uta Frith, Professor Emeritus of Cognitive Development, University College London
  • In this captivating book, Nichola Raihani ... provides a compelling argument that cooperation is the secret of human success and yet has never been as crucial as it is now, during a global pandemic and with the threat of the climate crisis. I found this intriguing and beautifully written book hard to put down.

    Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, author of Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain
  • This is a glorious book, with an insight on every page. Above all it taught me that while our individual bodies and brains might reward comparison with our primate relatives, in understanding our social relations we would be much better off comparing the meerkat. And the naked mole-rat. And the bower bird. And the cleaner-fish.

    Rory Sutherland, author of Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas that Don’t Make Sense
  • If you've ever wondered why people aren't as cooperative as they ought to be, you'll find the answer right here - mapped out in detail that is full of surprises at every page-turn.

    Robin Dunbar, Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology, University of Oxford

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