A Brief History of Humankind

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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: © 2015
ISBN: 9780062316097
Characteristics: [viii], 443 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm


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Sep 05, 2017

The author is extremely knowledgeable! Is a really different and famous book and I learned a lot from it.

Aug 31, 2017

A fantastic read that takes a big-picture view of human history, and presents a fresh perspective on our shared experience as humans, Sapiens is well worth the read. It's a book in the same vein as Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel," and Francis Fukuyama's "The Origins of Political Order," and as such, appealed to me greatly.

Of particular interest were the chapters on our shared cultural agreements, which include money, religions, national borders, and more. It's an eye-opening look at the many things we hold in common agreement, but which have no objective reality outside of human civilization.

Well worth the read. Highly recommended!

May 01, 2017

I could not get past the first chapter. Despite many glowing reviews, I found the book to be tedious and uninteresting. It Is written as one would expect from an anthropology textbook. Perhaps the excitement builds later in the book.

squib Apr 16, 2017

I can't recommend this book enough. It is a fair and balanced view of human development and history, looking at the phenomena of biological, society, cultural developmen and diversification in trying to explain the chaos of the present to navigate the vastly unknown future.

Studies in world history should use this model - at least until we build on this and create something even more appropriate.

Mar 19, 2017

This one brilliant book summs everything you would need to know about who we are ,how we evolved and a look into the future of where we could be going.

debwalker Mar 03, 2017

As the 21st century becomes ever more alarming, it's definitely time to reflect upon the human journey, what has made us what we are, and what lies ahead for the species. Compelling read and a Heather's Pick.

Jan 31, 2017

Well-written summary of human era.
Look forward to next book by Yuval Harari

Jan 24, 2017

this book explores a compelling web of history in a simple communicative way. he does not try to hold words captive eager (not well read person) to communicate in a most sapientious way (such a word?)...would recommend this book highly and point the reader to the various
conferences/discussion he shares on it

Jan 22, 2017

Obama recommended

Jan 16, 2017

WOW! This author took on the subject that could fill volumes and consolidated it into one book. Very interesting, fascinating and understandable. He brought in biology,, sociology, science, economics. religion, etc. to show the sapien experience. I appreciated how he presented clear examples to help the reader understand. For me, it was the area of economics. If his lectures are anyway as interesting as this book, I'd love to hear one of them.

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Nov 05, 2015

Both scientist and conqueror began by admitting ignorance - they both said 'I don't know what's out there.' They both felt compelled to go out and make new discoveries.

SFPL_ReadersAdvisory Aug 18, 2015

"We did not domesticate wheat. It domesticated us."


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