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Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

Audiobooks of the Month History Popular Science The Real World

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind Synopsis

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. 'Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international bestseller. 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

Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind Press Reviews

I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species - Bill Gates

Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth - Barack Obama

Jaw-dropping from the first word to the last... It may be the best book I've ever read - Chris Evans

Tackles the biggest questions of history and the modern world... Written in unforgettably vivid language - Jared Diamond

Startling... It changes the way you look at the world - Simon Mayo

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ISBN: 9781786141675
Publication date: 05/07/2018
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Audiobook

ISBN: 9780099590088
Publication date: 30/04/2015
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781846558238
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Harvill Secker an imprint of Vintage
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781786141675
Publication date: 5th July 2018
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Audiobooks of the Month, History, Popular Science, The Real World,
Categories: Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography, Popular science, Early man, History of ideas, Social & cultural history,

About 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. ...

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