Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


Author: Yuval Noah Harari

9780099590088 | PB | pp. 512 | 2015 | Vintage

This is a thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. The account is situated within a framework provided by the natural sciences, particularly evolutionary biology.

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Fire gave us power. Farming made us hungry for more. Money gave us purpose. Science made us deadly. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history – from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

In this bold and provocative book, first published in Hebrew in Israel in 2011 and in English in 2014, the author explores who we are, how we got here and where we are going.

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. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

Featuring photographs, maps, and illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate.

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About the Author

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1976, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As of the end of 2018, his book sold 19 million copies worldwide.


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