Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Hardcover – 10 Feb 2015
Product Description Review “[I]nteresting and provocative…It gives you a sense of perspective on how briefly we’ve been on this earth how short things like agriculture and science have been around and why it makes sense for us to not take them for granted.” ( President Barack Obama ) “I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun engaging look at early human history…you’ll have a hard time putting it down.” ( Bill Gates ) “Thank God someone finally wrote [this] exact book.” ( Sebastian Junger ) “Sapiens 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 Collapse and The World until Yesterday ) “ Sapiens takes readers on a sweeping tour of the history of our species…. Harari’s formidable intellect sheds light on the biggest breakthroughs in the human story…important reading for serious-minded self-reflective sapiens.” ( Washington Post ) “Sapiens is learned thought-provoking and crisply written…. Fascinating.” ( Wall Street Journal ) “In Sapiens Harari delves deep into our history as a species to help us understand who we are and what made us this way. An engrossing read.” (Dan Ariely New York Times Bestselling author of Predictably Irrational The Upside of Irrationality and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty ) “Yuval Noah Harari’s celebrated Sapiens does for human evolution what Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time did for physics.… He does a superb job of outlining our slow emergence and eventual domination of the planet.” ( Forbes ) “It is one of the best accounts by a Homo sapiens of the unlikely story of our violent accomplished species.…It is one hell of a story. And it has seldom been told better…. Compulsively readable and impossibly learned.” (Michael Gerson Washington Post ) “This was the most surprising and thought-provoking book I read this year.” (Atlantic.com) “Yuval Noah Harari’s full-throated review of our species may have been blurbed by Jared Diamond but Harari’s conclusions are at once balder and less tendentious than that of his famous colleague.” ( New York magazine) “This title is one of the exceptional works of nonfiction that is both highly intellectual and compulsively readable… a fascinating hearty read.” (Library Journal (starred review)) “An encyclopedic approach from a well-versed scholar who is concise but eloquent both skeptical and opinionated and open enough to entertain competing points of view.…The great debates of history aired out with satisfying vigor.” ( Kirkus Reviews (starred review)) “Writing with wit and verve Harari…attempts to explain how Homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on Earth as well as the sole representative of the human genus.… Provocative and entertaining.” ( Publishers Weekly ) “The most idea-packed work of non-fiction I’ve read in years.” (Dick Meyer www.abcactionnews.com) “In this sweeping look at the history of humans Harari offers readers the chance to reconsider well everything from a look at why Homo sapiens endured to a compelling discussion of how society organizes itself through fictions.” ( Booklist Best Books of the Year) “It’s not often that a book offers readers the possibility to reconsider well everything. But that’s what Harari does in this sweeping look at the history of humans.… Readers of every stripe should put this at the top of their reading lists. Thinking has never been so enjoyable.” ( Booklist (starred review)) “The sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain…. Harari…is an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps will have you gasping with admiration.” (John Carey Sunday Times (London)) “Harari’s account of how we conquered the Earth astonishes with its scope and imagination…. One of those rare books that lives up to the publisher’s blurb...brilliantly clear witty and erudite.” (Ben Shepard the Observer (London)) “An absorbing provocative history of civilization…packed with heretical thinking and surprising facts. This riveting myth-busting book cannot be summarised…you will simply have to read it.” (John Gray Financial Times (London)) “Full of…high-perspective shocking and wondrous stories as well as strange theories and startling insights.” (Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times ) “Not only is Harari eloquent and humane he is often wonderfully mordantly funny” (The Independent (London)) “Engaging and informative…. Extremely interesting.” ( Guardian (London)) “Harari can write…really really write with wit clarity elegance and a wonderful eye for metaphor.” ( The Times (Ireland)) From the Back Cover 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 he 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. See all Product Description
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