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.
Fascinating look into humanity
Although I wish the author would have talked more about human ancestors and ancient humans rather than industrialization and the present day, this book was still a fascinating look into what it means to be human, where we came from, and where are we going. I also appreciated the author’s objective view on human culture, analyzing it from many angles and identifying interesting correlations.
Pretty biased and too speculative
Some poor argument structure that sounds good at first. The title should be “Semi Sound Speculation But We Really Don’t Know.” It should be marketed as such rather than actual history of human kind. Also has a political bias but isn’t too bad there.
An overall informative and paradigm-shifting read
Harari clearly knows what he’s writing about. He explores humanity’s present, past, and future from a scholarly and philosophical point of view. Although he gets lost in the weeds quite often, Sapiens is still an informative read that will make you ponder your origins, society, and humanity.