Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Paperback – 30 Apr 2015
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"I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who’s interested in the history and future of our species" (Bill Gates)
"Interesting and provocative… It gives you a sense of how briefly we’ve been on this Earth" (Barack Obama)
"Jaw dropping from the first word to the last… It may be the best book I’ve ever read" (Chris Evans)
"Tackles the biggest questions of history and the modern world… Written in unforgettably vivid language" (Jared Diamond)
"Startling... It changes the way you look at the world" (Simon Mayo)
"Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating" (Sunday Express)
"One of the best books I’ve read recently… Gives an excellent overview of how our species has developed" (Lily Cole)
"Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain… Radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new" (Sunday Times)
What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? This bestselling history of our species challenges everything we know about being human.See all Product description
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Again, like I said I was just expecting something a bit different but nonetheless it really is a fascinating read.
EDIT: When I wrote my review above, I was one chapter from the end. Having read this awesome chapter, I'm upgrading this to a 5 star review. That may sound impulsive but the final chapter really is awesome and really and truly inspired me.
It breaks out the noise of history and reaches only for those moments that a signal came and a step change happened on a species level. Some of these will be familiar but Yuval adds some new perspectives and knits it all together.
He has some controversial points, like colonialism and whether at the species level these weren’t necessarily bad things, which will shake up some readers. Be brave and open to different perspectives.
By the end I felt elevated and a better Homo sapiens for it. Onwards and upwards.
Given the times we live in Harari describes the evolution / the adaptation of Homo Sapiens in ways that make a great deal of sense. A good read
Harari covers a lot of ground at a pace which is swift enough to keep the reader interested, but not so fast as to make you feel lost. The book loosely goes in chronological order from the emergence of homo sapiens to modern day, and weaves together the initial advantages homo sapiens had over various other species of human, through to the impacts that homo sapiens have had on the world as a result of our dominance over the planet. The author also does an excellent job of highlighting the impacts (positive and negative) that human development has had, whilst not becoming preachy towards the reader - allowing you to reach your own conclusions.
This read comes highly recommended, and I look forward to reading the follow up book once I get the opportunity.
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