Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens

By Yuval Noah Harari

  • Release Date: 2014-10-28
  • Genre: History
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Description

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.

Reviews

  • Perspective and thought.

    5
    By CR3471V3 G3N1U5
    This book really helped broaden perspective on who we are and the decisions we make, as sapiens.
  • Ms

    5
    By EwaGCalgary
    One of the best reads ever. Every paragraph brings new information, yet you never feel overloaded with data. Perfect balance between facts and commentary.
  • Stupendous!

    5
    By D-me-tree
    Every human being should read this book, specially young people, utterly fascinating, it opens the mind to the understanding of who we really are as a species, as a collective mind and as individuals. Sharp, clear, unbiased, objective, unpretentious, engaging, liberating, transformative, enlightening; this book is a transparent magnifying glass through which we can see the whole world at once, past present and future. This book offers a gateway to dissolve dogmas and end centuries of damaging barriers between humans, and between humans and the natural world, and to clear the path for tolerance, acceptance and peace. Here is something at hand that can truly make this a better world.
  • Mr.

    4
    By Umesh Thakre
    Excellent historical representation and considers future implications of current research.

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