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Publisher's Summary

Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective.

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six species of human 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, Dr. 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, 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 heritage 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 challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

©2017 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

Critic Reviews

"Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international best seller. 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, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World Until Yesterday)
" Sapiens is the sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain. Its author, Yuval Noah Harari, is a young Israeli academic and an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps have you gasping with admiration...Harari's writing radiates power and clarity." ( The Sunday Times)

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This is a must read!!

Should be required reading in all schools in all nations. Extremely insightful and thoughtful. Please share!!

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Incredible Book

I picked up this book because it was recommended by Bill Gates on some online website. I didn't expect it to be such a stunning piece of work. The beginning of the book covers an area of human prehistory that is truly fascinating. the latter chapters are not as strong but still great.

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The single most significant book you'll ever 'read.' (Or listen to.) Thought provoking content and excellent narrative.

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amazing book, and great speaker

would recommend this book to anyone! narrator was also amazing to listen to. I've enjoyed all hours I've spent listening to this book and being educated by humankind

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Great struxture, great reader, and thought provocing topics. Expect to pause, rewind, and re-read this book in a good way. To better underatand the topics and to ponder its ideas

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My first ebook and it was a great experience.

Always love an entertaining and educating book and this one fit perfectly. I would recommend this for those who dont know a lot about human history and how it ties into todays world.

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See the world and it's evolution out of the confines of social trends and traditional beliefs.

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Historical option fiction?

I thought this was a science book but infact it is more of a historical fiction with options and no references. The reader for the book was very good though.

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