- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Signal (Oct. 28 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 077103850X
- ISBN-13: 978-0771038501
- Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.5 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 748 g
- Average Customer Review: 497 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Hardcover – Oct 28 2014
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“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
"I have just read Yuval Noah Harari's book Sapiens. It is brilliant. Most likely the best – and I have read very many –on the history of humankind. I have never read anything better. I think it is sad to think of all the people that will not get to read it.”
"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
"Sapiens is packed with heretical thinking and surprising facts. This riveting, myth-busting book cannot be summarised in any detail; you will simply have to read it."
"Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating."
"Sapiens is a fast-paced, witty and challenging romp through 70,000 years of human history...I did love it, and if you are interested in the whole story of humankind, I'm confident that you will love it too."
“Not only is Harari eloquent and humane, he is often wonderfully, mordantly funny…. Sapiens is a brave and bracing look at a species that is mostly in denial about … the crossroads it is rapidly approaching.”
About the Author
DR. YUVAL NOAH HARARI has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. His research focuses on broad historical questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded?
65,000 people have taken his online course, "A Brief History of Humankind," and Sapiens is a huge bestseller in Israel and is being published in more than 20 languages worldwide. In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.
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Humans really were/are a piece of work. (In good... and less than good ways).
We're really capable of anything. We have a surprisingly great imagination. For the better or worst. Even in the worst, the stratagemes, the machinations, were astonishing. Even more astonishing were the imaginations of the people that believed all the BS of the Empires, Religions, Kingdoms, Governments, Corporations, great influencers, etc..
My journey through this book was amazing. Clever and interesting introspection into the past - trying to derive logic and meaning for the actions and inaction of our ancestors. The book attempts to understand the nature of mankind and its endeavor.
I think Sapiens is only complete if the next volume of this book is continued with.
Brilliant work Yuval!
Yuval Harari teaches this course and turned it into a book. At first, I was skeptical of this book and wasn't sure it would be a good read. But seeing the reviews from notable names like Jared Diamond made me buy this book.
This book goes from the beginning to the current state of man. But it's not a boring history read but one that will open your eyes and question your current belief of man. Harari weaves different aspects of man's development so well, that it's hard to put it down. Learning how boring aspects like fire, gossip, agriculture, myths, money, culture, and science contribute to humans is amazing here. Gaining an understanding of these topics will broaden your knowledge of humans, and might even alter your interactions with people.
If you want to gain a better understanding of the world and how our species behave and interact, then this book is one to pick up. Or maybe you just want to be entertained, this book will do this too.
So much to learn from this book, don't waste time and pick it up.
I read Sapiens along with A Troublesome Inheritance by Nicholas Wade. I found these two books complementing each other very well.
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