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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by [Yuval Noah Harari]

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"Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international best-seller. 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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of
Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World until Yesterday

"I have just read Yuval Noah Harari's book
Sapiens. It is brilliant. Most likely the best – and I have read very many – on the history of humankind. I have never read anything better. I think it is sad to think of all the people that will not get to read it."
—Henning Mankell

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Sapiens is the sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain. Its author, Yuval Noah Harari, is a young Israeli academic and an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps have you gasping with admiration . . . Harari's writing radiates power and clarity."
The Sunday Times

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Sapiens is packed with heretical thinking and surprising facts. This riveting, myth-busting book cannot be summarised in any detail; you will simply have to read it."
—Financial Times

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

"Not only is Harari eloquent and humane, he is often wonderfully, mordantly funny. . . .
Sapiens is a brave and bracing look at a species that is mostly in denial about . . . the crossroads it is rapidly approaching."
—The Independent

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One hundred thousand 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, Professor 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, and incorporating full-color illustrations throughout the text, Harari 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 behavior from the legacy 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 integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage...and our future.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00JTCH382
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Signal (October 28, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 28, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 17043 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 580 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Prof. Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His books have been translated into 65 languages, with 40 million copies sold worldwide. 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind' (2014) looked deep into our past, 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow' (2016) considered far-future scenarios, and '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' (2018) zoomed in on the biggest questions of the present moment. 'Sapiens: A Graphic History' (launched in 2020) is a radical adaptation of 'Sapiens' into a graphic novel series, which Harari created and co-wrote in collaboration with comics artists David Vandermeulen (co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (illustrator).

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