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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


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, paleontology 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.

Title:Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:443 pages
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    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Reviews

  • Maciek
    Jul 25, 2015

    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a book bound to appear on a large number of coffee tables and favorite lists, and be picked up even by those who normally would not find the time for reading. ...

  • Liad Magen
    Mar 30, 2013

    This book had changed my life, the way I think, the way I precept the world.I think it should be an obligatory book for everyone on this planet....

  • Moran
    Sep 05, 2013

    I believe I am relatively familiar with history in general, and I'm usually not very excited about reading more about it. But this book was something else. Beautifully written and easy to read, this b...

  • Petra Eggs
    Jul 09, 2016

    The book was too much a basic primer for me, at least to start with, but that's probably because I've read too many books on our origins biologically and culturally. Once the author had us settled int...

  • Marc Gerstein
    May 05, 2015

    Had I stopped reading after the first section, I’d have given this a five stars and whined that the Goodreads platform doesn’t aloe reviewers to go higher. But I didn’t stop. I kept reading, . ....

  • William1
    May 01, 2017

    This book is a superficial gloss on human history. Nice try but it excludes too much data in favor of an overarching conceptual view to be deeply interesting. Stopped reading for reasons detailed belo...

  • Andy
    Feb 28, 2015

    The only parts of this book that really grabbed my attention were the chapters on early humankind, and especially the interaction between Homo Sapiens and other Homo species. The rest of it is a very ...

  • Tanja Berg
    May 05, 2015

    Rating 5* out of 5. This is one of those rare books which is superbly written, intelligent and mind-altering. I am convinced by this author's arguments and my view of the human condition has changed p...

  • David
    Mar 16, 2016

    This is an excellent book about the history of humans, covering all aspects; evolution, anthropology, geography, psychology, religion, ideologies, and the future of humans. Physically, the book is bea...

  • Karen
    Sep 19, 2014

    Beginner's guide to sociobiology. And since I am a complete beginner, perfect for me.I finished this some six months ago: interesting to see what has remained: gossip, something I hate and rarely indu...