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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Yuval Noah Harari’s bestseller is a gripping study of humankind’s history. In just over 15 hours, the audiobook transported us from the Stone Age to the Digital Age, examining our species’ arc with thought-provoking discussions and insightful anecdotes. Narrator Derek Perkins’ authoritative reading keeps things moving at an engaging pace. Press Play and transform your commute into an unforgettable history lesson with your own private tutor.
Incredible first section
The first section was amazing. It did an incredible job of explaining in detail something that I’ve been fascinated about for a long time. I’ve been looking for a summary like this. The next two sections were good but seemed to go on quite a few tangents relating back to the present and didn’t feel quite like a factual history presentation.
Annoying to read from the prolific and irrelevant anti-religious banter. Could remove all the anti-religious opinions and have an actual book instead of the longest atheist Op-Ed ever.
The author states all religions are false cults in every chapter and it’s always irrelevant to whatever the topic is. It’s clear he has an extremely low opinion of religions but he attempts to pass his opinions as facts. The tirades never support whatever he’s talking about.
While the author did everything they could to hide bias against sapiens I fell like every chance he got he point out how evil and destructive humans are evil and have done nothing but destroy the planet… all that we have created has only hurt the rest of the planet… people who think like this never admit human are the only self loathing creature on the planet… I feel misted by the title and regret this purchase