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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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Mind blowing book

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

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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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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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if there were 10 starts, I would have put 10

really great philosophical and thought provoking book boon on who we are and "what do we want to want".

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A book that makes you question everything.

This is a wonderful book that breaks down humanity and shows you what coincidences and forces have shaped the world as we know it. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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Very enjoyable and informative

Its amazing how a book can sometimes link together your fragmented knowledge, and leave you wanting to learn more.

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Thought provoking and far reaching

It was amazingly complex but made easy to digest by both the reading style and content. I found it very engaging and led to many discussions.

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Amazing Survey of Human History

Loved this book. Helped me clarify many cloudy spots in my undersstanding of human history.

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