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Publisher 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.

Science & Nature
Derek Perkins
hr min
August 15

Customer Reviews

playingashiro ,

great book

really really grateful to have been able to sit and listen to this whole thing

Glazon ,

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.

Omar.N. ,

A book about everything...

Is how I’ve described it to friends and family whom asked, “what!s it about?” I’ve recommended it (and Homo Deus) to many, gifting it several times - as I insisted they listen. I AM NOT A “READER “. I’m an attorney and if I’m reading it’s always work-related. I never enjoyed reading.

This book actually changed me at an elemental level. It gave me a perspective - really more of a lens- through which I’m able to process and begin to understand personal, professional, and inter-personal problems which I’ve been coping with my entire life.

Intellectually, I don’t see any real flaws in the author’s logic. Critics seem to mis-read him to say that although we inexplicably evolved from other organisms, he’s certain it was not God’s design. I didn’t take him to mean that at all. I read it to say that irrespective of the origin(s) or catalyst for our evolution from apes, we are the most successful species of animal because we are able to collaborate with others, based on our unique ability to create, disseminate, and enforce a fiction.

That fiction may be God, it may be a piece of paper with numbers on it (money), a caste system, “manifest destiny”... whatever the fiction is / was is incidental. But, it is exactly our ability to believe in and convince others to believe in an imagined something greater than ourselves that makes us “successful” in terms of numbers.

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