Does Graeber & Wengrow’s ‘The Dawn of Everything’ get human history wrong?

Is inequality inevitable? Is freedom just a choice? Here are two critiques of a widely-praised book.

It’s not often that a book by radical authors gets reviewed – let alone favourably reviewed – in the mainstream press. The Dawn of Everything, by David Graeber and David Wengrow, is an exception. Published just two months ago, it has already received accolades from many of the world’s most influential English-language newspapers and magazines.

The two reviews published here, argue that its account of human history, while “a howling wind of fresh air”, ignores masses of contrary evidence, and that its political argument is idealist and voluntarist. They are a valuable addition to this exploration of human history.

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