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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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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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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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Breathtaking

The breadth of this book is staggering. It goes over old and new concepts with an objective approach that's never stale or boring. It's a long read, but the quality of the writing and narration makes it a breeze. Will be reading again, and again. Wow!

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thought provoking

A well written book and the performance of the speaker makes it even better. Thought provoking as the title states. Illuminated new ways to think about modern problems and ancient history at the same time. highly recommended.

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As a species, How we become ourselves.

One of my favorites books. It has some polemic topics that will not be taken easily by anyone, but if anything, it will challenge see you things differently, which is always a good exercise. Sapiens explains the journey of the human race, pointing 3 revolutions. When we became "Smart", The Cognitive Revolution. The Agricultural Revolution, when we start massively cultivating crops. And the Scientific Revolution when we developed the scientific method to clear the path from our biased limitations and forward our species. Furthermore, Yuval presents a vision of belief. The power of shared fictions. From Money to Religion. How we go about, collectively, believing things and why this was so important for differentiating ourselves from other species.

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Thought provoking and well written unlike this review!

This is a spectacular book that makes you think about the state of the world around us. Like in reality I could be a millionaire, I just need the right people to believe I am! Excellent book

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Loved the look back, look forward not so much

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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.