Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind

Hardcover | October 28, 2014

byYuval Noah Harari

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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.
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.

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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...

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...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.24 × 6.34 × 1.36 inPublished:October 28, 2014Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not outstanding. I'm not sure if this book was a translation, (claimed to have been published in 35 countries) but I found it a bit tedious and redundant. It is high on conjecture and opinion, often controversial, and a bit simplistic. The author is clearly a learned man, but I can't help but think that some facts were bent to reach his conclusions. He did win an award - the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality.
Date published: 2016-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good way to understand us. Stephen Hawking believes that in any possible contact between extra-terrestrials and human beings, things will go bad for us. In a sense, Yuval Noah Harari’s book explains how this would happen by looking at the history of our species and our propensity for essentially wiping out all others we come across, whether other animals or other human species. Even competition between races and cultures tends to end badly for those who are, in the end, less competitive. It’s winner take all. But along the journey, Harari also highlights our many achievements. It is not all doom and gloom. This is a well written book and an insightful look at who we are and why we are who we are.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing A must read for every human being. Its scope is wide but the perspective with which this book was written makes it understandable and also very entertaining. Read it!
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting perpective The author has an interesting perspective on humans as a species. I particularly enjoyed the scope of the narrative covering the hunter gatherer stage through to what may be our future. It does not leave us with much to be proud of having devastated all competition from other species and also not very tolerant of differences within our species. The book is unusual in that it brings together many diverse disciplines, such as science, religion and social studies, to provide a comprehensive analysis of our emergence as the dominant beings on this planet. It is an easy read and thought provocing.
Date published: 2015-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Much food for thought. A very interesting and thought provoking book. Well worth the read. I learned many new facts and my thoughts were expanded.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important caveat... If you are a homo sapiens this is a "must read." If you're not then don't even probably won't understand.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sapiens a brief history of human kind. Fantastic work. Many people will not like this book as it is frightening. It deals many controversial subjects. And the end really makes one ponder what the future may be.
Date published: 2015-02-06
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 3 out of 5 by from Not bad This is ok book to read. It's not very boring. Some parts of the book are very interesting. If you like to read history book, should buy this book!!!
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book to read Good book to readGood book to readGood book to readGood book to readGood book to readGood book to readGood book to read
Date published: 2014-10-30
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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“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 brave and bracing look at a species that is mostly in denial about … the crossroads it is rapidly approaching.” —The Independent