Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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Harper Collins, Feb 10, 2015 - Science - 464 pages
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A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

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. 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 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

 

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My mind is blown. I didn’t expect to like Sapiens, but it flows well and it is filled with interesting information. Sapiens explains how we got to where we are and why it went down the way it did. It ... Read full review

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You know without looking that a book subtitled A Brief History of Humankind is an ambitious undertaking. And when you see the book is only 416 pages long, you suspect the author must paint with a ... Read full review

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Contents

The Cognitive Revolution
An Animal of No Significance
The Tree of Knowledge
A Day in the Life of Adam and
The Flood
The Agricultural Revolution
Historys Biggest Fraud
Building Pyramids
The Secret of Success
The Scientific Revolution
The Discovery of Ignorance
The Marriage of Science and Empire
The Capitalist Creed
The Wheels of Industry
A Permanent Revolution
And They Lived Happily Ever After

Memory Overload
There is No Justice in History
The Unification of Humankind
The Arrow of History
The Scent of Money
Imperial Visions
The Law of Religion
The End of Homo Sapiens
The Animal that Became a
Index
About the Author
Praise
Copyright

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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, specializing in world history. His first book, Sapiens, was translated into more than forty languages and became a bestseller in the US, the UK, France, China, Korea, and numerous other countries.

http://www.ynharari.com/

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