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"Both a fun read and a breath of fresh air to anyone who lived through the ghastly experience of last year's presidential election season . . . Utopia for Realists argues, with humor and sympathy, that we've all suffered from forgetting how to dream of a better world....What's so interesting about modern America is our hostility to the mere idea of trying to create an easier and happier life. We're a country that was once rich with social experimentation . . . Now we don't really even try, and mostly just scream at each other on the Internet. That doesn't seem like it will get us there. Maybe free money and a three-hour workday won't, either, but it sure seems like it would be more fun to try."
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone


"Convincing . . . Entertaining and reasoned . . . Bregman's book makes for enjoyable reading, and it is packed with colorful factual asides . . . Utopia for Realists should make for good conversation at the next dinner party."―Benjamin Cunningham, Los Angeles Review of Books

"Provocative and ambitious...The book is lively, well-researched, and full of unlikely pieces of history."―Tim Harford, Financial Times

"Utopia for Realists is fantastic. A quick glance turned into hours of riveting reading. Very seldom does a book change the way you think about some of most intractable problems of society, and of life. This one did. Read this book."―Sydney Finkelstein, director of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and author of Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent


"If you're bored with hackneyed debates and 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."
Steven Pinker, New York Times bestselling author of The Blank Slate and The Better Angels of Our Nature


"Bregman speaks with impressive authority . . . His solutions are quite simple and staunchly set against current trends . . . He has assembled a wealth of empirical evidence to make his case. Better than that, though, Utopia for Realists 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, even when you can't quite believe what you're reading . . . Listen out for Rutger Bregman. He has a big future shaping the future."―Andrew Anthony, The Guardian UK


"Rutger Bregman is part of a new generation of thinkers who are suggesting exciting alternatives to the orthodoxies of the last forty years. In this surprising, accessible, and often counterintuitive book, Bregman explores some brilliant but simple ideas for making a better world."―Brian Eno

"A spirited and practical manifesto for improving the odds of making a heaven on Earth."
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"[Bregman] engagingly examines basic income schemes... entertaining and intriguing.... These are appealing notions, presented here in a breezy, TED talk-like style."


Publishers Weekly


"This book is brilliant. Everyone should read it. 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, author of The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

From the Author

Rutger wrote an op-ed about the 15-hour workweek in The Guardian.

There's an op-ed from Rutger about open borders in Fortune.

An interview with Rutger Bregman is published in Gawker.

You can read an early version of a chapter from Utopia for Realists that was published by The Washington Post online.

There's an excerpt available on AlterNet about why we should give free money to everyone.

On the YouTube channel of TEDx Talk you can watch Rutger Bregman's talk on why we should give everyone a basic income, which has attracted over 150,000 views.

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  • File Size: 5300 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (March 14, 2017)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2017
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MXDBTWM
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