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Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind

byYuval Noah Harari

Paperback | May 10, 2016

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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 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.
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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Title:Sapiens: A Brief History Of HumankindFormat:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 8.98 × 5.99 × 1.24 inPublished:May 10, 2016Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! The book is full of interesting facts and tells the history of mankind in an engaging way.
Date published: 2018-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never stop learning One of my favourite things about reading non-fiction is getting the opportunity to learn from experts - and Dr. Harari's book reads like a favourite professor during your first-semester history class, excited to share what he knows with a new batch of students. He doesn't over-simplify, but elevates your own knowledge and understanding up. Fantastic read.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent!! This probably one of my greatest reads this year!! Everyone should have a copy!!
Date published: 2018-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent One of the top three book I have read this decade. This is what literature is supposed to be
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book really makes you think outside of the box. There are things that you would never think of and how our minds are so powerful. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves archaeology, anthropology and history. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting An easy-to-read book that will teach you a lot about humanity and our evolutionary history
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Good information, except for all the ideology Harari, when he's talking about historically neutral concepts, can usually paint an interesting (yet simple, sometimes simplistic) picture of the development of humanity. The problem is the other half of the book spoken from a really ideological (and often deeply weak and anti-theistic/religious) point of view which is just an intellectual stultifier.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This Anthro major loved it I'm very happy that I bought this book. Definitely too dense to read in one sitting, but the author makes complex themes simplistic. I also like that the author does not shy away from some of history's darkest moments. Definitely worth the read.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining, interesting read The author compresses thousands of years of human history into a neat little package. You can definitely pick up some cool facts from this book. The author does present some controversial topics, for example the existence of human rights. I deducted one star because with some older history that lacks concrete evidence and are based on educated assumptions, the author made it sound like the theories that he present are absolute. If you are interested in a topic you read in this book, I encourage you to look deeper into it.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating, Educational and Thought Provoking I absolutely loved this book! I think summarizing something that stretches such a long period of time is a daunting task but the author is able to provide great flow and continuity from chapter to chapter. There is a lot of information present in this book but I never felt like I was reading an encyclopedia. The author did a great job delivering the content in digestible pieces that was easy to grasp and understand. Yes, there are "controversial" topics ie. religion but I found them to be thought provoking and interesting. This book is definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2018-07-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Although I disagreed with some of the arguments the author was making, overall it was a good read
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gained So Much Knowledge This book is so interesting! I definitely think that this is an important book to read.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read A very thought-provoking and engaging book. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant Read It is a contemporary piece of writing for our tumultuous time. You may not agree with everything in the book but you certainly will want to consider it.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I think my mind was blown on average about every 6 pages
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very insightful and eye-opening One of my favorite reads this year, if not the last several years. Fascinatingly written and well-organized, this book managed to consolidate all of human existence into a single, manageable book. It presented insightful concepts that almost simplify our understanding of, well, ourselves, and leave you with a new perspective about what may lie ahead for us..... An exceptional read.
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely thought provoking From ancient law, to modern religion, to economic ideologies, this books gives you a good look on how things came to be. Not only is it history, but Yuval Harari raises great insights on modern society at all. Fair warning though, he maintains a very "people are very silly creatures who believe in silly things as a result of their time" attitude, which has a fair bit of truth to it but no room for the idea that individuals can transcend their circumstances (though society at large can not).
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book this book is for any anthropology/ archaeology nerd such as myself. full of the typical knoweldge of human progress with a few curve balls . overall though is a bit close to a brief history of progress as it uses the same " progress traps" rhetoric.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! hard to read at first but really enjoyed it... alot of great information.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very entertaining it is a very entertaining way to learn about the world you read in and about human kind.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good book English is my second language, some words are hard for me to understand. But still a good book to read.
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I am loving this book! A co-worker suggested this book to me, and I have to say I'm glad she did! When I looked at the description of the book, and saw that the author was inspired by "Guns, Germs, and Steel" I knew I had to not just read it, but add it to my collection. If you're at all interested about the history of the human race and how we got to be who we are, I highly recommend this book, and the one that inspired it.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from for school had to read this for school. not usually my type of book but I have found it to be really insightful and interesting. Interested to see what homo deus brings
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thought-provoking This book made me think in ways I have never before. I catch myself still thinking about it months later, because a lot of the book's ideas makes so much sense. I don't agree with everything the author says, but that doesn't discount everything. If you're open-minded and interested in history/science/knowledge, I think this would be a great book. It is a slow read, however.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book yet in history Very informative and fascinating - hard to flip the page because there are so much information but never boring. I have been working (yes, you would know if you started the first page) on this book for 3 months because of the depth of the knowledge in this book and it might take another month to finish it. Very well thought out. You will nod while reading and realize how much the book makes sense.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and interesting Non-fiction can be a bore sometimes to people like me who are very much obsessed with novels, but Sapiens has me hooked!
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! I just finished reading this book. One of the best books I have ever read! Rich in interesting facts and cleverly written.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Interesting read - thought provoking - provides an interesting perspective on the history of humankind.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsessed! I loved this book--an amazing overview of human history, with great metaphors and tons of cool facts
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting and informative I loved anthropology, philosophy, sociology and psychology in university and loved reading about all the latest information and research in this book. I'm definitely going to be using it (in an age appropriate way) to explain how things developed over time (money, religion, etc) to my kids who ask "Why?" all the time.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impulse buy--Good decision I haven't even finished the book, and I already know I will love it all the same. Personally, I have thought more about life and the people around me and what we are doing just reading this book then I did back when I was in school. No matter your opinion, if it coincides or differs from the author, it makes you wonder. This should be mandatory for everyone on the planet to read. How can you not have questions after just the first section? Maybe it would shift things into perspective for some as well.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I bought this book at the airport and I read the first page and was instantly hooked! It was written really well and not overly complicated. A good read for anyone.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating! I bought Sapiens in October of 2017, and it was fascinating! The other does a great job of summarizing the history from the big bang until about 70,000 years ago. He then does a great job of succinctly explaining the entire history of homo sapiens. The really fascinating part is the last 1,000 or so years, where the advancement of human beings and their civilizations increase significantly. Also, he perfectly asks questions in the last chapter to lead the reader into his next book, Homo Deus. I would recommend to anyone!
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it It took me a little while to read this book as I found it quite hefty to read but I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt that the author gave a very good over view of evolution and a lot of things that I hadn't previously thought about.
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read Not what I was expecting but it did leave me with stuff to think about.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Anything that exposes and challenges the "invisible order" is a win in my book (pun intended?).
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing If you're a fan of evolution you won't be able to out this book down, there are many important messages and exercises a different way of thinking
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful history What a fantastic piece of literature. It's easy to read, extensive in its details and most importantly, it comes across as fairly objective. I say fairly because it's impossible for a book to be completely void of bias but this one comes close. As a Christian and an anthropologist, I found this book to be engaging, respectful and informative. I will be reading it 100 more times in my lifetime.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I liked this! This was a nice reading, I totally enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anybody.
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YES There are so many important messages! Pick this up while you can
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Just a little light reading
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok It was a good book, I did enjoy it
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Love reading a chapter before bed.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I was hoping for more I was really excited to read this book. I guess I was just expecting it to be more about the past and not so much about the future. I assumed that was what his second book would be. While it was only the end of the book that touched on this, I guess I expected him to talk about little but more about the progression from sapiens being; one out of a few human species, to being the lone species.
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Interesting theories, I love to get different points of views about the world and how people understand it. Very well written and easy to follow. I didn't find it as fascinating or compelling as I had been told it was, but it is still an interesting read.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I had my issues with the plotline and sensibility, but it was fine for a quick read.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Not as engaging as I had hoped
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Very well written and easy to follow. Provides great insights on the history of mankind!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! This will definitely gives you new perspective and challenge the old presumptions you might have about human societies and life in general.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little disappointing When I bought this book I couldn't wait to go home and tuck into it! I loved the beginning of the book But I was hoping that it would focus more on the earlier history of human kind. I found that this topic was looked over a bit and rushed! The rest of the book was a good read tho!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved it! It provides an amazing insight into the origin of mankind. Vey easy to follow and learn.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Provides great insight into the origin of humankind.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enlightening read A book everyone should read--information is presented lucidly and easy to follow.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very interesting Great read and very interesting to learn about the current theories behind the history of mankind #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Recommend to read to everyone!
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Revolutionary An investigation into the cause and effect of the Agricultural, Industrial and Scientific Revolutions (although we're still not sure when the French Revolution ended ...). A lot of bold ideas put forth by the author with little sourcing and a lack of detail on others (a paragraph on Islam?). Peter Watson still remains the authoritative source in my view.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Macroview Macro view of the history of human kind. Very interesting.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read The author presents some interesting ideas on humanity's past and future. Information is easy-to-understand (i.e. you don't need a science degree) just a little curiosity.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book. I wish everyone reads this! This booked opened my eyes and answered alot of questions I pondered about for years. It made me understand myself and the world better. There were times I had to pause reading to just soak in from the WOW moments. I loved it, excellent writer and author. I really wish that this book reaches a big majority of the global population. Buy the book and read it! Its a must!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book on a Complex Subject! Coming from someone who has taken classes in university on this subject matter, I found this book really well written. It highlights some major components of human evolution without oversimplifying or going too in depth. It was a great read!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I loved it so much when I borrowed it from the library I purchased a paperback copy to own!
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Really enjoyed this little read
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great! Nicely written concise look at anthropology. Very interesting
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Educational Interesting and educational.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read An insightful exploration of the history of humankind
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Read Wealth of Knowledge They say you don't know what you don't know, and it's true. A wonderfully educational and easy to stick with book about the history of all of us. I planned to read this one chapter at a time, with time for reflection after each chapter. It was an ambitious goal as I had a hard time stopping after one...two..ten chapters. You are never too old to learn something new.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic very interesting and educational. i feel like i gained more brain cells after reading this.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow this is the first book that I have read about human history. I can't believe how much knowledge I gain from it and how much information surprises me. It also answers questions that I had been thinking for a long time in my mind.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I couldn't put this book down. There is always something going on that keeps you reading
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superbly written and well-researched This book flows really well--it's superbly written and reads like a fiction narrative. The only trouble I had was his secular vision of God and spirituality. I'm not uber religious myself but there was something belittling about his statements that left me with a sour taste in my mouth.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from rec'd this as a gift dont think i would have picked this one up on my on strictly due to the title, but quite enjoyed it. great read if into history/anthro
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive Lots of useful information, very happy to have read it
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fascinating A great read but difficult to get through some parts
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad I read it... Glad I read it but was a tough to finish at times.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book! Very interesting read offers different insights into humanity. Glad I read it.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I still have trauma by my hardcore biology teacher shoving this into my brain while trying to manage his brutal curriculum but found a great read among the horror of school.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read I really enjoyed this book. There's a lot of information in this book and can be a bit tricky to get through but once you get past all the terminology it's a really insightful read.
Date published: 2017-09-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!! Great!! well written and interesting. Has a range of aspects of human evolution covered!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend An insightful read that opens your eyes to how we got to where we are
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything you should know summarized in a book. I think I learned a lot more and a lot faster while reading this book than I did at school. The first hundred pages were really tricky to get through because of all the terminology and condensed information. It's a lot to digest. But eventually you get into it and you get sucked in until the end.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read wonderful read, a huge learning lesson in all of man kind
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a favourite love this book - could read it over and over again. such a beautiful composition of the history of humankind
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredibly creative book that makes you wonder. This original take on what is the history of our species was impossible to put down.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting Many light bulb moments for me!
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read Very interesting read, it forced me to think back an say 'ahh that makes sense'.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best Human history books out there! Prof Yuval Noah Harari is a great historian and a wonderful author ! the book is very entertaining and enjoyable to read ! Highly recommended
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sapiens Excellent book! I couldn't stop reading.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! A great summary of man's descent with some new revolutionary theories.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! It was really good, I couldn't stop reading!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Very interesting book! I learned lots reading it.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Interesting Read - I learned so much! I really enjoyed this book and it really makes you think about how civilization as we know it today evolved. There were a few tedious chapters that I just skimmed, but overall I found it very interesting. It will definitely open up discussions - I shared many of the insights with my husband.
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative, Yet Easy to Read One would expect a piece of literature discussing the history of humanity to be difficult to read, long, and boring. Yet, Harari manges to convey the many intricacies of life in an easy to read, and enjoyable book. Not a textbook, a book. The information was easy to absorb and I am glad to have read it.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriging Excellent book, thought out and following simple questions which lead one forward to finding the truth. A dizzying flyover of mankind's history. a great work that explores the history of humans and civilization through our hunter-gather ancestors to our present day technological revolution
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Love the timeline at the very beginning of the book. Very condense and interesting!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life-Changing Prepare for a life changing experience. A comprehensive view of humanity, the human condition, and our history here on planet Earth. Such a thought provoking book. Great for book clubs, gifts for friends and summer reading.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A new favourite A comprehensive and well written interpretation of how we got here and where we are going.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A very thought provoking, informative look at human history. Worth the read if you are curious about history and/or human behaviour.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from mindblown I was mindblown by this book. So much good ideas and interesting interpretations of human history. I might not agree with everything but it was thought provocating !
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Engaging So informative ,but at the same time an amazing book, not dry reading at all. Learned a lot on a very interesting topic.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read very nice in the content learned a lot from so little
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Thought provoking and well written
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! My dad recommended this to me. Amazing!
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thought provoking book I bought this book a while ago, and never started reading it right away - the minute I picked it up I couldn't put it down. A very though provoking book - well written.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spent $30 and learned more than an $800 university course WOW! This book is one of my absolute favourites. I was interested in every single sentence that this man wrote and I can't wait to read the second one, Homo Deus. Most of my friends think that this book will be boring when I lend it to them until they read the first few chapters. Highly recommend!!
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ingenius I got this as a Christmas present and I couldn't stop to put it down!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this a ehile ago and this is such a good read!
Date published: 2017-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting This book was very interesting and I had a hard time putting it down. It goes into depth and detail of history.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get it soon This will make the creationists unhappy
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! If you have not read this yet, give it a shot! Super interesting.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! It took me multiple reads to confirm the following statement: You need to read this! A fantastic view of our past. Written beautifully to a point it reads like a novel. Quite humorous and at times grim on our species.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner A fresh and thought provoking historical account that poses perhaps the most important question we never thought to ask.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I really enjoyed this book! I am eager to begin the second book.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really worth reading!!! Really work reading. A keeper for sure.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book to gain general knowledge I really enjoyed reading this book; if you don't know a lot about our history, or want a refresher, this is the book for you. It describes things in enough detail without going overboard.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed Read it a while ago and thinking of picking it back up soon. It was an interesting read.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing I don't want to over exaggerate but I really do think this book is a life changer! There were so many chapters or sections that I had to pause after finishing and really process and digest what I had just read. Perhaps because I had never taken a philosophy course many of the ideas in the book changed the way I look at the world. So if you're thinking this is going to be a boring chronological history of the world you couldn't be more wrong. This book is so much more. It delves into who we are as humans and how the world has come to be the place we know today. Could not recommend highly enough!
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Very informative and well worth the read
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Definitely one of my favourite books i have read in a while. Perfectly written, enjoyable, and very informative.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Still reading this and it is such a fascinating read. I'm reading it like a textbook and it's both educational and interesting to read.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Please Read this Book! This book should be added to the canon of human history alongside Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs and Steel" and Sir Desmond Morris' "The Human Ape. "Sapiens" should be mandatory reading for all 7 billion us on Planet Earth as he covers the full range of human history and our collective future. Such an enlightening book that has caused me to revaluate my life long thought processes and revisit history, religion, morals etc under a new powerful lens. An amazing book!
Date published: 2016-11-03
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 bother...you 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

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 brave and bracing look at a species that is mostly in denial about … the crossroads it is rapidly approaching.” —The Independent