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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. In this absorbing book Dr Harari explores the history of Homo Sapiens, 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 to the Scientific Revolution with the rise of capitalism, industry and massive extinction of plants and animals. With a salutary afterword, we are left in no doubt that our future is being challenged.
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Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

This is The Sunday Times Bestseller. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age - and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it! (Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel).


'A rare book...thrilling and breathtaking' The Observer

'Full of shocking and wondrous stories' Sunday Times

'Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating' Sunday Express

'Reading it is like having a mental massage, cold shower and brisk workout, and all in the comfort of your own home' -- Esther Rantzen Mail on Sunday

'Provocative, thrilling erudite... One of the year's most talked-about books' Metro

'Consistently engaging...Harari writes prose that leaps from the page. His broad sweep, collating philosophy, science, history and economics, creates moments of eyebrow-raising revelation for a reader from any background' New Statesman

'Sapiens is a fast-paced, witty and challenging romp through 70,000 years of human history...I did love it, and if you are interested in the whole story of humankind, I'm confident that you will love it too' Literary Review

'Harari is able to be as refreshingly clear in his discussions of biology, of evolutionary anthropology and of economics as he is of historical trends... Stick with him and you learn a lot' Daily Telegraph

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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30th April 2015


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Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing


512 pages


Biography / Autobiography
Popular Science
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General & world history
Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
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