June 2020 New Titles: Non-Fiction Previews

What with the storms, and the floods, and the coronavirus, we urgently need some reasons to be cheerful. Happily June’s publishing provides a healthy dose of positivity.

When I interviewed Rutger Bregman at the end of 2016 about Utopia for Realists, he told me: “One of the most revolutionary things you can say right now is that most people are pretty nice.” Now he’s written a whole book about that very thing, entitled Humankind. It’s a massive shot in the arm for anyone who believes we’re currently going to hell in a handcart. I wouldn’t be surprised if book buyers fall on it in their grat...

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