Reviews

  • A masterpiece. Staggering in range, intricate in detail, thrilling in ambition, this book is a landmark in social thought. Henrich may go down as the most influential social scientist of the first half of the twenty-first century.

    Matthew Syed, bestselling author of 'Black Box Thinking' and 'Bounce'
  • Illuminates a journey into human nature that is more exciting, more complex and ultimately more consequential than has previously been suspected.

    Nature
  • A massively ambitious work that explains the transition to the modern world ... Significantly contributes to our understanding

    Francis Fukuyama, author of The Origins of Political Order
  • Engagingly written, excellently organized and meticulously argued . . . This is an extraordinarily ambitious book, along the lines of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel ... We will all have to change our perspective.

    Daniel C. Dennett, New York Times
  • The most absorbing, provocative and compelling book I have read in a long time. Joseph Henrich's thrilling exposé of cultural variety and evolution is grounded in meticulous science, and his arguments go beyond the milestone of Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel. You will never look again in the same way at your own seemingly universal values.

    Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London
  • Phenomenal ... The only theory I am aware of that attempts to explain broad patterns of human psychology on a global scale.

    Coren Apicella, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, Washington Post
  • This anthropology-meets-big-data approach is not merely innovative, but underpins a fascinating and creative book, brimming with provocative ideas.

    Financial Times
  • There's nothing so fascinating as a social anthropologist's analysis of his own tribe. Henrich shows how strange and exceptional Western society is when compared with most of the world

    John Barton, author of A History of the Bible
  • Henrich has thought more deeply about cultural evolution than anybody alive. His fascinating insights into just how weird people like he and I are, with our western lifestyles, and what the implications of that are for better and for worse, are a great contribution to scholarship.

    Matt Ridley, author of 'How Innovation Works'
  • Propelled by a bold vision, this landmark study is required reading for anyone curious about the origins of modernity

    Walter Scheidel, author of The Great Leveler

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