Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” is a non-fiction book written by Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli historian and professor. Published in 2011, the book provides a wide-ranging overview of the history and development of the human species.

“Sapiens” explores the journey of Homo sapiens, from the emergence of our species in Africa thousands of years ago to the present day. Harari examines key milestones and transformative events that have shaped human history, including the Cognitive Revolution, the Agricultural Revolution, and the Scientific Revolution.

The book delves into various aspects of human existence, including social, cultural, and technological advancements. Harari discusses the development of language, the formation of complex societies, the rise of religions, the impact of agriculture on human lifestyle, the creation of political systems, and the interplay between biology and culture.

“Sapiens” also delves into the unique characteristics that distinguish Homo sapiens from other species, such as our ability to create myths, cooperate in large numbers, and imagine abstract concepts. Harari explores the impact of these distinctive traits on our ability to build civilizations and reshape the world around us.

Harari presents thought-provoking ideas and challenges conventional wisdom about human history. He raises questions about the ethical implications of our advancements and discusses the potential consequences of future developments, such as artificial intelligence and genetic engineering.

The book is known for its accessible writing style, combining historical research with storytelling to engage a broad readership. Harari synthesizes a vast range of knowledge from various disciplines, including history, anthropology, biology, and sociology, to provide a comprehensive and thought-provoking account of human history.

“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” has garnered widespread acclaim and has become an international bestseller. It has resonated with readers interested in understanding the human journey and the forces that have shaped our species. The book offers a compelling narrative that challenges readers to contemplate the past, present, and potential future of humanity.

25 reviews for Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

  1. Victor J (Verified Purchase)

    A brilliant brutal analysis of the evolution of the human race and why we do what we do has been brought out so well that one wonders why missed the obvious. A must for all who love to understand one self and the social engine which is driving us. Highly recommended to read.

  2. Anil Sharma (Verified Purchase)

    This book is not only informative and but also entertaining. It challenges your understanding of the world around you. It’s makes you uncomfortable while reading some of the passages and makes you do a complete ‘U’ turn on topics that you though you understood.

  3. Jay Thakur (Verified Purchase)

    History of humans, so well articulated. Completely objective view of where we are and how we got here, answering some of the most basic questions about ourselves, with crisp facts, figures and examples. Must read for everyone, believers and non-believers alike.

  4. Jaya Krishnan (Verified Purchase)

    Great read. I’ve read this after homo deus, and it’s been a treat. If you are fascinated by your history, read this. It doesn’t just explain what happened, but why and why not the other way. I bought a Kindle edition, but it’s better to buy a hardcopy as it has a significant amount of pictures in it.

  5. Mahesh Kumar (Verified Purchase)

    Hooked on to this awesome book with so much info written in great style. The thought of reading history book is dreadful for me. But this book is different. It is written like an interesting plot and the author shares bucket loads of info from his research. But I was quite slow in reading this book – may be bcos every page is loaded with info. I read 2 books along with it, but loved it completely. Must read

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