Joan's Picks: Rodham and Humankind

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 28 Jun 2020, 12:51PM

Joan's Picks: Rodham and Humankind

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 28 Jun 2020, 12:51PM

Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld. This is a novel which starts with the premise that in 1977 Hillary Rodham met Bill Clinton (true); he asked her to marry him several times and every time she refused (true) until she didn’t (true) – but the book is about the life she could have had if she’d stuck to her guns and never hitched herself to him. It’s a clever idea and the author really does seem to have got right into it. 

HumankindA Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman. This is an extraordinary, uplifting and very welcome history of the human capacity for kindness. Contesting the idea that we are innately self-seeking and chiefly driven by egotistic goals, Rutger Bregman offers a very different, optimistic interpretation of the last 200,000 years of human history.

He shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think - and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.