SAPIENS

A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

Image by The Bookish Elf

You could never convince a monkey to give you a banana by promising him limitless bananas after death in monkey heaven.

We did not domesticate wheat. It domesticated us.

Yuval Noah Harari
BEST FOR
All homo sapiens sapiens, but no other hominid species (sorry!)
THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU
challenge everything you thought you knew about being human
ENJOY IT
Knowing that you made it sapien. Congrats!
READING TIME
464 pages: 8 hours 52 minutes
BOOK SPECS
Hardcover, Harper, 2015

Roberto's opinion

Dr. Harari has a knack for weaving complex and interesting concepts into stories. Some believable, others may need a bit more scientific proof. But hey, Yuval is just a sapien too!

Sapiens is a heavy book-in weight (2.45 lbs) and in scope: 464 pages of heavy stock paper that are hard to hold up and put down.

100,000 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? Heavy questions indeed.

Dr. Harari asks and tries to answer questions on the 3 Revolutions: the Cognitive, the Agricultural, and the Scientific. Did he get them right? Maybe that’s for the next generation to find out.

In 2020, he worked with comic artists David Vandermeulen and Daniel Casanave, to create Sapiens: A Graphic History for those visual inclined homo sapiens. Enjoy both!

Disclaimer: No sapiens were harmed during this review!

About this author

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His books have been translated into 60 languages, with over 30 million copies sold worldwide. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014) looked deep into our past, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016) considered far-future scenarios, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018) zoomed in on the biggest questions of the present moment.
www.ynharari.com

Photo by Mpumelelo Macu, Unsplash

Roberto's Recommendation for "SAPIENS"

BORROW IT!

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LIBRARY IT!

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