Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens

Author: Yuval Noah Harari


  • Publication Date: 2015-02-10
  • Category: Life Sciences
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 475 Ratings)

Summary

New York Times Bestseller

A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

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  • Great

    5
    By Brendan McKenna
    Great
  • Sapient

    5
    By F-Alpine
    An excellent and very well written book full of insight. I recommend it to be read by everyone from every Walk of life.... It should be noted that the author’s noticeable avoidance or unexpected absence of any references to “Judaism” and/or “Jewish faith”, especially when the subject demands it, is baffling and inexcusable. One may wonder the reason is Mr. Harari has chosen to be politically correct in protecting his status and reputation at Hebrew University in Jerusalem!
  • Sapeins Review

    5
    By b3astsk8er
    One of the greatest books I’ve ever read. It truly makes you think about the fundamental questions of life and self reflection.
  • Sapiens

    5
    By Hacker 2119
    Unique view of history of Homo Sapiens.
  • Everyone should read this book!

    3
    By Mosifur
    One of the best book I have ever read in my life. I could not put it down once I have started. I would really like to thank TED Talk. Otherwise, maybe I would not know about this book. Every line of this book is informative and the way writer put all information together- it’s so pleasure to read. I was totally lost in the book. I bought a hardcover version for my personal library. Planning to buy couple of copies to donate for several community libraries.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Helen Ohara
    It was a non stop reading! Congratulations to the concise and precise way of teaching world history.
  • Interesting and provocative book

    4
    By mikey12384
    Sapiens does a good job of retelling our past. The information on our history as hunter gatherers, the agricultural revolution and Industrial Age was interesting even though some of the authors conclusions might not be met with agreement. The approximations about the future of Homo sapiens is a tad unbelievable but intriguing nonetheless.
  • Sapiens

    5
    By Quiverlotus Hissef
    One cannot help but be impressed with the prodigious scholarship which went into this work. As readers we are not only inspired, we are actually uplifted by the consuming of the thoughts presented in "Sapiens".
  • This is a great book

    5
    By spoilednomad
    Scio quod nescio, if I remember the latin correctly (it's been a while since highschool, sorry), this simple statement, made a similar, lasting impression on me when I first read it like Sapiens by Harari just did. The intellectual step back, the deep breath, the wider picture implied here: That we don't know everything, in fact very little, and should often question the dogmas we are mistaking for knowledge. Humbling and refreshing at the same time. This is an author who "thinks with his own head", and how often, honestly, do we encounter this habit while reading? Sometimes. But not all that often. This is a great book.
  • Sapiens - a Review

    2
    By Stop the Rats
    This book begins as somewhat of a summary or rehashing of previously published books such as Jared Diamond's work. However, it does present creative new perspectives and original points. However, it runs out of gas about half way through and sort of fell apart.

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