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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

2011 . History, Non-fiction, Science . Yuval Noah Harari

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Everyone

About the book

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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, paleontology 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.

Year:

2011

Language:

English

Publisher:

Vintage

Pages:

512

Reviews

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Ranaditya Baruah

1 month ago

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A brief but refreshing take on human evolution

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Nash Rich

1 month ago

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One of the best non fiction I've ever read.

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Annie Android

1 month ago

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Fav book ever

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Wesley Ratko

1 month ago

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Really smart approach to human history

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Byron Valladares

2 months ago

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Excelente libro

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Gourav Mittal

2 months ago

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Best book in the world

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Alex Roy777

3 months ago

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Except the religious part which I thought was based on personal opinion rather than concrete facts the book is phenomenal

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Belle Holds

3 months ago

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Gazil

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Emil Ernst Rønhoff Elholm

3 months ago

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Though-provoking

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Vivek S

3 months ago

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Must read book

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Jens Sudmeier

4 months ago

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Amazing book that gives a good and brief introduction to the long history of humanity. The most interesting are the factual writing and "fun facts" that are sprinkled throughout the whole book

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David Williams

5 months ago

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Read it because so many people have and I think it has some really insightful things to say and is very interesting. I was blown away initially but his other books aren't as good and really brought home to me how there are 2 or 3 really insightful excellent ideas in here but the same ideas get brought in to many contexts over and over.

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New York Times Best Sellers image

6 months ago

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How Homo sapiens became Earth’s dominant species.

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Colin Hively

8 months ago

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Awesome read, perspective shifting!

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Beatriz Marañon Straarup

9 months ago

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Definitely get the hype

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