Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens

By Yuval Noah Harari

  • Release Date: 2014-09-04
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
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Description

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future.

'Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international bestseller. It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!' - Jared Diamond

Reviews

  • Sapians - A history or mankind

    5
    By JP Bass
    Absolutely stunning book. Can put it down, change your mind, outlook on life. Pick it up again and it will still provoke your thoughts and stays relevant.
  • Most pleasurable educational experience.

    5
    By LilyBritton
    It is a pleasure to listen to the theories and knowledge of Harari, in a light and witty tone. Highly recommend for all who want to know more about where we as humans come from, without trailing through the history books.
  • It should be required reading for all

    5
    By DMS London
    Thought provoking and makes one re-assess the human race and how we’ve got where we are.
  • I cant read my purchase

    3
    By Dfguiii
    I have purchased this article but everytime i tap to read it takes me to ibooks but does not show up Any suggestions?
  • It just isn’t very good

    1
    By King George 69th
    I find it perplexing that people have rated this book so highly. Interesting but in parts far from accurate
  • History made readable

    5
    By Mikkaël
    Brilliantly written. An amazing book on the human history.
  • Continuously Tantalised My Cranium!

    5
    By LotusDNA
    I have finally come to the end of this book, and never did it seize to amaze my understanding of our humanity as we know it. "Sapiens" brings a new light to what we understand what we are and where we are heading. Also a great ending for a perfect start to a following book. Excited to go on to the next book "Homo Deus"!
  • Life changing

    5
    By Sotano01
    Remarkable yet life changing poignant rendition of the history on humanity and how we have become the gods on mount Olympus.
  • Very good book

    4
    By MarekNagajek
    Humour, history and many many explanations to life's questions
  • Fantastic!

    5
    By Dan naj
    A truly great read, insightful, free flowing & enjoyable.

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