Civilized to Death (Kobo eBook)

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A New York Times–bestselling author explores the benefits of the lifestyle of our prehistoric ancestors in this “engaging . . . and thought-provoking” book (Booklist).

Most of us have instinctive evidence the world is ending—balmy December days, face-to-face conversation replaced with heads-to-screens zomboidism, a world at constant war, a political system in disarray. We hear some myths and lies so frequently that they feel like truths: Civilization is humankind’s greatest accomplishment. Progress is undeniable. Count your blessings. You’re lucky to be alive here and now. Well, maybe we are and maybe we aren’t. Civilized to Death counters the idea that progress is inherently good, arguing that the “progress” defining our age is analogous to an advancing disease.

Prehistoric life, of course, was not without serious disadvantages. Many babies died in infancy. A broken bone, infected wound, snakebite, or difficult pregnancy could be life-threatening. But ultimately, Christopher Ryan questions, were these pre-civilized dangers more murderous than modern scourges, such as car accidents, cancers, cardiovascular disease, and a technologically prolonged dying process? Civilized to Death “will make you see our so-called progress in a whole new light” (Book Riot) and adds to the timely conversation that “the way we have been living is no longer sustainable, at least as long as we want to the earth to outlive us” (Psychology Today). Ryan makes the claim that we should start looking backwards to find our way into a better future.

“Incredible . . . timely . . . clarifying.” —Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter

“Entertaining and provocative.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is not just a book, it’s a revolution.” —Neil Strauss, New York Times–bestselling author of The Game

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781451659122
Publisher: Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 1st, 2019