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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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Publisher's Summary

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution - a number one international best seller - that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human".

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one - Homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago, with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because, over the last few decades, humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

This provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

©2015 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    This book will make your mind think differently about... everything. Sapiens is a phenomenal book.

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    Mark Thielen Venice, CA 09-11-17
    Mark Thielen Venice, CA 09-11-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Expands upon the book Guns, Germs, and Steel"

    The first half dove into human history quiet nice and thorough. Once Sapiens are introduced into history, then the writing bounces around history a bunch. I found myself asking why certain parts of history were not mentioned or glossed over while others were intensely focused. Why so much focus on the American Revolution and barely any mention of empires and wars such as WWII? I also was curious why there wasn't any mention of the Israeli Palestinian conflict while other countries conflicts were brought up.
    The economic subjects around money and statistics and commerce were fascinating. This gave a great background of today's commerce in historical terms easily understood.
    The last few chapters were enlightening in where we are heading and a subject I find myself in conversations with others.

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    "What a book!!!! I would listen it again"

    This is a master book. I'm going to buy a paper copy for my library.

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    "Enlightening and greatly written"

    This book is full of knowledge. An amazing portrait of humanity without taking sides to any ideology.

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    "Best book I've come across."

    This book is eye opening in several aspects that govern human life. Get it, you won't regret.

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    Amazon Customer Philadelphia, PA 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "a brief history of humanity"

    an excellent comprehensive primer on our best understanding of human nature. highly recommended to scholars and laymen alike.

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    "A great listen!"

    This truly is a great work of summarizing the human history, and in explaining our place in the world.

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    "Absolutely fascinating!"

    Very well written and researched. Lots of science and history. Great narrator. If you liked "A Short History of Nearly Everything," you'll probably like this book too.

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    "A must"

    This book should be taught as a textbook in school. Very informative and inspiring. A must for anyone who has passion about science.

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    "Must Read"

    Every person should read this. One of those books that changes the way you see the world.

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