Sapiens

Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

Book - 2014
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100,000 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, palaeontology, 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 behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Signal Books, an imprint of McLelland & Stewart,, [2014]
Edition: Cloth edition
ISBN: 9780771038518
9780771038501
Branch Call Number: 909 HAR
Characteristics: 443 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Brief history of humankind

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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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mfahy
Jan 22, 2017

Obama recommended

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Memawrayne
Jan 16, 2017

WOW! This author took on the subject that could fill volumes and consolidated it into one book. Very interesting, fascinating and understandable. He brought in biology,, sociology, science, economics. religion, etc. to show the sapien experience. I appreciated how he presented clear examples to help the reader understand. For me, it was the area of economics. If his lectures are anyway as interesting as this book, I'd love to hear one of them.

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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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