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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow Hardcover – February 21, 2017
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Praise for "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind"
"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." -- Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel"
About the Author
Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in history from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. Sapiens has been translated into 26 languages, and has already become an international bestseller in the UK, Spain, Slovenia, Taiwan, and Israel.
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First Impression: Homo Deus was a book I was really excited to read! The tagline ' A brief history of tomorrow' really intrigued me as I don't really put much thought into my life life years down the line. This book is a must read! Not only does Harari talk about the future, he does so in such a wide spectrum of elements and details that I was impressed by how much information I took in. It also helps that he kept the language to an accessible and easy to read level, though there is technicality in some of the areas of the text. When I finished the book I was stuck between two very distinct and conflicting thoughts, the first was that I am comfortable with the steps that we as humans are taking to secure our futures and the other is that I am massively concerned about our future.
Homo Deus: A Brief History Of Tomorrow is one of many groundbreaking books that are coming out this year that will influence certain non-fiction titles for the next decade or so. I have many of these books on my to-read list but I started with Homo Deus as it seem like a book that would cover all the bases and show me what we as humans are doing to secure our futures on earth and how we plan to do so. Yuval Noah Harari definitely achieves this, though it took a long time to get to sections I really wanted to read.Read more ›
On the positive side, Mr. Harari brings the same colorful and thought-provoking writing and broad grasp of humanity, both ancient and contemporary, to the table. He starts with exploring the three main causes of human misery through the ages - disease, starvation and war - and talks extensively about how improved technological development, liberal political and cultural institutions and economic freedom have led to very significant declines in each of these maladies. Continuing his theme from "Sapiens", a major part of the discussion is devoted to shared zeitgeists like religion and other forms of belief that, notwithstanding some of their pernicious effects, can unify a remarkably large number of people across the world in striving together for humanity's betterment. As in "Sapiens", Mr. Harari enlivens his discussion with popular analogies from current culture ranging from McDonald's and modern marriage to American politics and pop music. Mr. Harari's basic take is that science and technology combined with a shared sense of morality have created a solid liberal framework around the world that puts individual rights front and center. There are undoubtedly communities that don't respect individual rights as much as others, but these are usually seen as challenging the centuries-long march toward liberal individualism rather than upholding the global trend.
The discussion above covers about two thirds of the book.Read more ›
I loved Yuval Harari’s book Sapiens, so I looked forward to reading Homo Deus and I wasn't disappointed. In this book, Harari discusses one possibility of human evolution but this is based on history which is an interesting take. Harari actually spends a lot of time on history but I found that both the title and subtitle of the book didn’t really match the content which is far more interesting than the title might lead one to believe. Harari writes in a clear, conversational tone and doesn’t get bogged down in needless detail. I found the book difficult to put down. Harari includes some personal parameters and at times his sense of humor shines through. Clearly this is not a biology book, but uses history to talk about what might happen. For a more biological assessment of where we are headed, I strongly recommend Future Humans by Scott Solomon.
Disclosure: I received an advanced reader copy of this book for review purposes.
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A strikingly thought-provoking book, Yuval Harari's "Homo Deus" is not something that you will be able to read without having your opinions challenged. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by pseudonym
Homo Deus is scholarly, yet it is easy, indeed fascinating and enjoyable to read It has profound insights and lessons from a well-recognized scholar, but reads almost as if it were... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Israel Drazin
I believe the technological and social extrapolation in the last third of the book is insightful and necessary. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ira Laefsky
I really enjoyed this book a lot, almost as much as Sapiens which is in my top 10 books for sure. The writing in this book is exceptional, clear, and very enjoyable to read. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Dave Lakhani
This is a mixed bag for me. The author is pretty skilled, and presents his ideas very well. However, many of the ideas are very preachy and very very repetitive. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kelly Sottelbaum
Finding perspective among the deluge of opinions and insights of all kinds we are being faced with due to the development of the internet, has become increasingly difficult. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Lourens botha
This book poses the same questions that humankind has been trying to fruitfully address since we became self aware and joined together in the search for ultimate fulfillment.Published 20 days ago by Bata Passchier
Great and scary book you will be a lot smarter after finishing this.
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Great romp through future. Harari presses us deep into the consequences of our emerging reality. Not for those with strong convictions. Bravo.Published 27 days ago by Dr Sven Hansen