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Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

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Nothing less than a history of humankind from when the first species known as “humans” evolved through to the modern day. Dealing with how and why humans became the dominant species, Yuval Noah Harari also seeks to show how our species adapted and changed throughout human history. Taking in everything from religion to science to capitalism – an exhilarating journey through human history.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Homo Sapiens triumphed over the other human species that inhabited the world over 100,000 years ago. In this absorbing book Dr Yuval Noah Harari, at the Hebrew Univer-sity of Jerusalem, explores the history of our species, from ape to ruler of the world, in a challenging and informative manner. Starting with the Cognitive Revolution and the emergence of language, the reader is then taken through the Agricultural Revolution, which led to permanent settlements, followed by the Unification of Mankind and the development of religion and universal politics, and finally the Scientific Revolution with the rise of capitalism, industry and massive extinction of plants and animals. Each section is clearly set out and the use of illustrations, diagrams and fascinating examples make this a highly accessible book, but also one that has well-supported academic rigor. With a salutary afterword, we are left in no doubt that our future is being challenged.
~ Alison Smith


Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ...and our future.

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'Lucid, illuminating and brilliantly written Bookseller Something spectacular: an erudite yet eminently readable history of our species in fewer than 500 pages' -- Caroline Sanderson, Bookseller

About the Author

Yuval Noah Harari

'I encourage all of us, whatever our beliefs, to question the basic narratives of our world, to connect past developments with present concerns, and not to be afraid of controversial issues.' Dr Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. His research focuses on broad questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded? 65,000 people have signed up to his online course, A Brief History of Humankind. Sapiens is an international bestseller and is being published in more than 20 languages worldwide. In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.

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4th September 2014


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