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Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: History, World
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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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amazing book

This book was a fascinating read. Very well written and gave a overview of human history.

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A classical

This book present several insightful original ideas in a lively manner. It is very close to my trilogy of the greatest books ever written: Origin of species, Wealth of Nations, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Not only is the past explored through the effects of revolutions (Cognitive, agricultural, industrial) on the lives of ordinary humans, but the present revolution is analized in detail, leading to the prediction that the individuals of the future will not be just us.

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Outstanding!

Destined to become a classic. A must read for every person on the planet. Looking forward to reading his other books.

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Superp discussion about human evalution.

A good perspective for sapiens who wonder where we came from and where we are going. Well done.

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Sapien - a great work!

I really enjoyed the whole experience of both listening to the narrator and the material itself. it filled in. a lot of gaps in things I've pondered for many years.

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Well done.

wonderfully crafted piece of literature. I kind of wished there was another five chapters. I will probably have to listen to it again ... maybe annually.

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highly recommend!

One of the top two most influential book I have ever read. the other one is Richard Dawkins The selfish Gene 1976.

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History, science and philosophy all packaged up

A real tour de force of integrating what we know from physics, chemistry, biology, philosophy and history and what it means. Fascinating from the outset and interesting through to the end.

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INSIGHTFUL book on a typically boring subject

I wish Yuval was my history teacher. I have gained a new appreciation to History in general. I look to purchase more books from this author, as well as in the domain of History in general.

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awesome survey of human history

a tour de force exploring the history of the human race from the emergence of modern humans with the cognitive revolution to the way in which robotics and genetic engineering may well produce new species with god-like powers far surpassing our own. A fascinating,, stimulating, informative and troubling read!