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The Sunday Times Bestseller: a bold, optimistic and internationally bestselling book giving us cutting-edge ideas for how we might reshape society --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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A brilliantly written page-turner. It goes into serious depth, without ever feeling dense, as it weaves its way through the challenges we face and onto proposals for doing things differently -- Caroline Lucas * Independent * If you're bored with hackneyed debates, decades-old right-wing and left-wing cliches, you may enjoy the bold thinking, fresh ideas, lively prose, and evidence-based arguments in Utopia for Realists -- Steven Pinker, author of 'The Language Instinct' In this surprising, accessible and often counterintuitive book Bregman explores some brilliant but simple ideas for making a better world -- Brian Eno If you're fed up with moaning, you owe it to yourself to read this book * Evening Standard * Where is the vision, the ambition, the belief? Into this bleak picture drops a book and an author bristling with hope, optimism and answers. Utopia for Realists has taken Holland by storm and could yet revitalise progressive thought around the globe. Better than that, though, it is not a dry, statistical analysis - although he doesn't shy from solid data - but a book written with verve, wit and imagination. The effect is charmingly persuasive... Bregman has a vision. And it's a pretty clear one. The result is a hybrid that's reminiscent of the New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell: lots of compelling anecdotes, backed up with information from an array of surveys and research papers delivered in a tremendously readable style. But there's also an extra layer of idealism with Bregman, a belief that people are essentially good and that all it requires is a rational analysis of the facts and good governance to make the most profound and lasting changes. Yes, he is a utopian, but a practical one. He knows there are many problems to overcome, but the first and toughest is the belief that things can change. In that he has made a major contribution. Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future -- Andrew Anthony * Observer * I was moved and convinced by Bregman saying we might not achieve Utopia but could find solace in working towards a fairer world ... This book is energetic, passionate and rigorously intelligent. His commonsensical ideas deserve to be gratefully welcomed -- Jake Kerridge * Sunday Express * You may not dream the same dreams as Bregman - but he invites you to take dreaming seriously. For that alone, this book is worth a read -- Will Hutton * Observer * This is a book stuffed full of ideas, presented persuasively and pithily, but it is also just a part of the new zeitgeist - which is why it is one for today's dreamers and tomorrow's realists -- Danny Dorling * Times Higher Educational Supplement * The Dutch wunderkind of new ideas * Guardian * Brilliant, comprehensive, truly enlightening, and eminently readable Obligatory reading for everyone worried about the wrongs of present-day society and wishing to contribute to their cure -- Zygmunt Bauman, Professor Emeritus of Leeds University and one of the world's most eminent social theorists An excellent read and full of well-told stories and details I didn't know -- Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist A wonderfully readable breath of fresh air, a window thrown open to a better future ... Bregman combines deep research with wit, challenging us to think anew about how we want to live and who we want to be. Required reading -- Philipp Blomm, author of 'The Vertigo Years' Superbly written, upbeat, insightful -- Philippe van Parijs, Harvard University professor and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network If energy, enthusiasm and aphorism could make the world better, then Rutger Bregman's book would do it ... The writing is powerful and fluent ... A boisterously good read * Independent * If you'd like to see a fairer world but don't know how to get there, this book is for you. Bregman brilliantly shows how ideas commonly dismissed as utopian are eminently possible, indeed have almost happened -- Ben Rawlence, Ben Rawlence, author of 'City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp' Bregman shows us we've been looking at the world inside out. Turned right way out we suddenly see fundamentally new ways forward. If we can get enough people to read this book, the world will start to become a better place -- Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level A boisterously good read -- John Rentoul * Independent * Rutger Bregman makes a compelling case for Universal Basic Income with a wealth of data and rooted in a keen understanding of the political and intellectual history of capitalism. He shows the many ways in which human progress has turned a Utopia into a Eutopia - a positive future that we can achieve with the right policies -- Albert Wenger, entrepreneur and partner at Union Square Ventures, early backers of Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy and Kickstarter The impact of this book in the Netherlands has been huge. Not only did Rutger Bregman launch a highly successful and long-running debate in the media, he also inspired a movement across the country that is putting his ideas into practice. Now it's time for the rest of the world -- Joris Luyendijk, author of Swimming with Sharks A wonderful call to utopian thinking around incomes and the workweek, and a welcome antidote to the pessimism surrounding robots taking our jobs -- Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and author of The Upside of Down A bold call for utopian thinking ... Highly recommended! -- Nick Srnicek, co-author of Inventing the Future A short, sharp big ideas book set to make waves * Sunday Express * Superbly written, upbeat, insightful -- Philippe van Parijs, Harvard University professor and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network Utopia for Realists is tipped to be a bestseller in English as it was in its original Dutch -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times * Bregman writes with energy, verve and panache ... Utopia for Realists will probably be a terrific hit -- Ian Martin * The Times * Bregman has many tightly-spun arguments, case studies, and statistics ... He treats his topic with an accessible style and touch of humour * Western Mail * Bregman's book is breezy, wide-ranging and littered with interesting examples and research. It has something of the flavour of Freakonomics * Sunday Times * Energetic, passionate and rigorously intelligent. His commonsensical ideas deserve to be gratefully welcomed * Sunday Express * Fantastic... Bregman will help you raise your spirits and banish your Brexit blues * The National * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01MQRQG22
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (5 March 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3339 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 300 pages
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential handbook for understanding Universal Basic Income
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I wanted to better understand UBI. This book did that for me and extended my thinking further into new possibilities. Not a heavy read by any means. Lively stories. Big ideas. Challenging views. It's a great read to go with two other books. Factfulness by Hans Rosling and The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen. In the middle of this triangle of books, you'll get a clearer and more optimistic view of the real world we live in. Get your highlighter ready, you'll need it.
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