Sapiens

Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

Book - 2015
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"From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution--a #1 international bestseller--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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062316097
Characteristics: 443 pages ; 24 cm

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empbee
Oct 07, 2017

A great comprehensive history written in clear and entertaining language and style with lots to think about (homo sapiens semper sciunt destruere naturam), i.e., how we have been destroying our world from the beginning. Well organized, good examples from the past and present.

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mwegmann
Sep 21, 2017

Very interesting concepts in this book. It is fairly rare that one book can connect so many disparate concepts into a single narrative. It made me think deeply and reflect, which is totally worth the 400+ pages of it.

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Crystal_37
Sep 05, 2017

The author is extremely knowledgeable! Is a really different and famous book and I learned a lot from it.

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larters
Aug 31, 2017

A fantastic read that takes a big-picture view of human history, and presents a fresh perspective on our shared experience as humans, Sapiens is well worth the read. It's a book in the same vein as Jared Diamond's "Guns, Germs, and Steel," and Francis Fukuyama's "The Origins of Political Order," and as such, appealed to me greatly.

Of particular interest were the chapters on our shared cultural agreements, which include money, religions, national borders, and more. It's an eye-opening look at the many things we hold in common agreement, but which have no objective reality outside of human civilization.

Well worth the read. Highly recommended!

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richardshart
May 01, 2017

I could not get past the first chapter. Despite many glowing reviews, I found the book to be tedious and uninteresting. It Is written as one would expect from an anthropology textbook. Perhaps the excitement builds later in the book.

squib Apr 16, 2017

I can't recommend this book enough. It is a fair and balanced view of human development and history, looking at the phenomena of biological, society, cultural developmen and diversification in trying to explain the chaos of the present to navigate the vastly unknown future.

Studies in world history should use this model - at least until we build on this and create something even more appropriate.

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dixie120
Mar 19, 2017

This one brilliant book summs everything you would need to know about who we are ,how we evolved and a look into the future of where we could be going.

debwalker Mar 03, 2017

As the 21st century becomes ever more alarming, it's definitely time to reflect upon the human journey, what has made us what we are, and what lies ahead for the species. Compelling read and a Heather's Pick.

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YuriyKa
Jan 31, 2017

Well-written summary of human era.
Look forward to next book by Yuval Harari

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mvma_1951
Jan 24, 2017

this book explores a compelling web of history in a simple communicative way. he does not try to hold words captive eager (not well read person) to communicate in a most sapientious way (such a word?)...would recommend this book highly and point the reader to the various
conferences/discussion he shares on youtube...love it

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dano62
Nov 05, 2015

Both scientist and conqueror began by admitting ignorance - they both said 'I don't know what's out there.' They both felt compelled to go out and make new discoveries.

SFPL_ReadersAdvisory Aug 18, 2015

"We did not domesticate wheat. It domesticated us."

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Oct 07, 2017

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