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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Paperback)

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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? 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).



History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryGeneral & world historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesAnthropologySocial & cultural anthropologyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesHistory of ideasScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular science Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 30/04/2015 ISBN-13: 9780099590088  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Prof 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. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international phenomenon attracting a legion of fans from Bill Gates and Barack Obama to Chris Evans and Jarvis Cocker, and is published in sixty languages worldwide. It was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and was in the Top Ten for over nine months in paperback. His follow-up to Sapiens, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow was also a Top Ten Bestseller and was described by the Guardian as 'even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens'. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, was a Number One Bestseller and was described by Bill Gates as 'fascinating' and 'crucial'. Harari worked closely with renowned comics illustrator Daniel Casanave and co-writer David Vandermeulen to create his latest book, an adaptation of his first bestseller, Sapiens Graphic Novel: Volume 1.

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We all have a declining population of Neanderthal genes in our blood so we must have had a lot of sex with them when we met them. Did this kill them off? Sapiens is an absorbing book showing our history as a human race. I am also reading Adam Rutherford's genetic history of humankind, and Lisa Randall's book Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, to get a grip on how we got to where we are now. One should also read the Shock of the Anthropocene by C Bonneuil & J-B Fressoz to know that our disquiet at global warming has a long history dating back to the dawn of the Industrial Revolution when the French thinkers complained at the despoilation of their landscapes. But we didn't listen to them then because we were at war with them. The European Union is therefore of considerable value, and not just in jobs and profits.

- 02/02/2018
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great insights into the human condition

- 18/06/2017
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Sapiens is a thrilling book about human's evolution. It is well structured and gives relevant examples throughout its chapters. It never dwells too long on details yet always provides perspectives on each important event. Since it never treats the reader like a kid, it's by far one of the most entertaining books I've read – in fiction and non-fiction. Harari challenges the perceptions the make our era (capitalism, agriculture, religion, money...).

- 22/09/2016
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