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If you're bored with hackneyed debates, decades-old right-wing and left-wing clichés, you may enjoy the bold thinking, fresh ideas, lively prose, and evidence-based arguments in Utopia for Realists

In this surprising, accessible and often counterintuitive book Bregman explores some brilliant but simple ideas for making a better world

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


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 (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 (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

An excellent read and full of well-told stories and details I didn't know

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

Superbly written, upbeat, insightful

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

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

A boisterously good read (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

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

A wonderful call to utopian thinking around incomes and the workweek, and a welcome antidote to the pessimism surrounding robots taking our jobs

A bold call for utopian thinking . Highly recommended!

A short, sharp big ideas book set to make waves (Sunday Express)

Superbly written, upbeat, insightful

Utopia for Realists is tipped to be a bestseller in English as it was in its original Dutch (Sunday Times)

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Paperbacks (1 March 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1408893215
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1408893210
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
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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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