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Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind

by Yuval Harari

McClelland & Stewart | October 28, 2014 | Hardcover

Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind is rated 5 out of 5 by 4.
Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective.
     100,000 years ago, at least six species of human 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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.32 × 6.39 × 1.47 in

Published: October 28, 2014

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 077103850X

ISBN - 13: 9780771038501

Found in: History

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! I have no background in these kind of studies (history? anthropology?) but enjoy them all the same. This means that I don't know any fancy terms or theories but it didn't matter, this book is so compellingly readable no matter who you are! I was fascinated by every chapter, even the one on economy which is generally my weakest point. I only read little bits of it at a time because I wanted to fully absorb every idea before moving on to the next one. Agriculture, industry, economy, philosophy, theology, and so much more...All written in such approachable language with examples that made me laugh (traces of Harry Potter and Rambo, among others). Here's how good it was...I am a huge bookworm and I take excellent care of my hundreds of books. This is the first book ever that made me want to write in the margins and highlight passages and take notes because it was so brilliant.
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Christmas Gift I recieved this book for Christmas. I love it. I took a course (MOOC) by the same name from Professor Harari and it was enlightening, controversial and fun. The book is exactly the same. The language in this book is appropriate for many ages, the concepts well described and the examples easy to understand. His theroies and those of others that he uses are well thought out and often made me smile. A whole new way of looking at myself and those around me. As I said, I love it.
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A life-changer This book tell the story of humanity brilliantly, elegantly, and engagingly in a single volume. Without a doubt my favourite book of the decade.
Date published: 2014-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My most eagerly awaited advance copy this year! The early comparisons to Jared DIamond are just. All of human history brought together into one manageable volume, and organized around a few big ideas: the cognitive, agricultural, and industrial revolutions. With a meta theme of the stories we tell ourselves suggested as the organizing principle for human society. Yes, it's reductive. I mean it's millions of years of history in four hundred pages. Yes, it's macro instead of using micro case studies. And yes, it's pretty near brilliant. It's a grand old narrative in an age when we thought such historiography was dead. It rightly focuses on mankind before history because, let's face it, modern man (modern being the last couple millenia) sometimes feels pretty inconsequential. And by the end of this book, you're thinking big ideas like that. Asking questions about humanity.
Date published: 2014-07-02

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Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind

by Yuval Harari

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 464 pages, 9.32 × 6.39 × 1.47 in

Published: October 28, 2014

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 077103850X

ISBN - 13: 9780771038501

From the Publisher

Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective.
     100,000 years ago, at least six species of human 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.

About the Author

DR. YUVAL NOAH HARARI has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. His research focuses on broad historical questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded?     
  65,000 people have taken his online course, "A Brief History of Humankind," and Sapiens is a huge bestseller in Israel and is being published in more than 20 languages worldwide. In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.

Editorial Reviews

“Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international best-seller. 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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World until Yesterday"I have just read Yuval Noah Harari's book Sapiens. It is brilliant. Most likely the best – and I have read very many –on the history of humankind. I have never read anything better. I think it is sad to think of all the people that will not get to read it.”—Henning Mankell"Sapiens is the sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain. Its author, Yuval Noah Harari, is a young Israeli academic and an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps have you gasping with admiration...Harari's writing radiates power and clarity." —The Sunday Times"Sapiens is packed with heretical thinking and surprising facts. This riveting, myth-busting book cannot be summarised in any detail; you will simply have to read it." —Financial Times"Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating." —Sunday Express "Sapiens is a fast-paced, witty and challenging romp through 70,000 years of human history...I did love it, and if you are interested in the whole story of humankind, I'm confident that you will love it too." —Literary Review “Not only is Harari eloquent and humane, he is often wonderfully, mordantly funny…. Sapiens is a
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