Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens

By Yuval Noah Harari

  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 2,071 Ratings

Description

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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Reviews

  • Great Start

    2
    By mlj8096
    It started off really interesting and got really political. I’m a very left leaning individual and while I agree with a lot of the statements made by the author, I wanted to read a piece of unbiased factual history of humankind.
  • Close to perfect

    5
    By elt223
    True to all Humans. Loved his honesty.
  • Beautiful

    5
    By imanmedua
    I read this as a moving tale about the history of the human condition. A must read .
  • Hogwash

    2
    By Diggin'Life
    I was drawn in by the apparent research and data-driven conclusions, but was soon disheartened by leaps in logic. I stopped reading the book when the author suggested that disadvantaged black Americans believed themselves to be inferior. I couldn’t read more. I was about 1/4 of the way through the book. Hogwash and drivel. Not worth the read.
  • Great book.

    5
    By MadMeshal
    Great for anyone who is trying to understand how we got here from an evolutionary perspective. I enjoyed it.
  • Great but

    5
    By khanhdmai
    There are some part need justification and elaboration. This come off so much personal viewpoint of an author. Even though it make sense
  • Too much authors opinion presented as fact

    2
    By JuliaFromNYC
    Earlier on I could see that the author was presenting his version and interpretation of the history, as opposed to actually presenting anything new or factual.
  • Sapiens addresses some final points

    5
    By I Rarely Rate
    This book helped to better understand, clarify and articulate my view on the (non) existence of a soul, of the precious wonder of our brains. His writing is like a magic mushroom in terms of getting us to think outside the box and with an historical perspective. In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.
  • A must

    4
    By Geno Leser
    Want to be literate in the humanities? Want the capsule version of man’s history? Get this book.
  • In Two Words, Marvelous, Marvelous

    5
    By TeacherDRP
    This may be one of the most important books I have ever read. It is not for the closed minded, but a book that makes one understand what being a human paradoxically implies, from the magnificent things our evolved creative brain can do to the very damage that same intellect inflicts upon ourselves and our world.