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From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity's creation and evolution - a number one international best seller - 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? This provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.
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- Incredible book, but... Review by ALBERTO PENHOS
He makes certain assumptions to build the narrative that are not necessarily true. The speculative may be confused with science. Beware!!
(Posted on 7/2/2019)
- First half was great Review by Orchidsand
The first half of this book was very interesting and I enjoyed it immensely. The second half has some interesting points but overall was rather boring.
(Posted on 6/2/2019)
- Sweeping conclusions but well written and arranged Review by 0rton
This is obviously a topic too deep and voluminous to fit into a single book but it's my opinion the author does a reasonably good job of it. I felt, however, that the author submitted too many sweeping conclusions, by drawing causal links between observations of behavior and their underlying psychological motivation. This was also true of the author's claims as to the cause of extinction of megafauna during the Stone Age. These sorts of firm declarations were unnecessary in most cases, and in others were simply wrong, despite being the conventionally accepted wisdom on the subject matter. A more speculative tone and approach on the author's part might have been more engaging to the reader, and honestly a more accurate assessment of our true understanding of things. Despite that, the work was a worthwhile read that did and excellent job of encapsulating one of the broadest topics imaginable. Readers will walk away with at least a general concept of our origins, with details on the ingredients that made up the eventual survival success story of humans.
(Posted on 5/31/2019)
- Should be required reading Review by Blue Zion
Part science, part pontification, purely thought provoking. This book may not make you change your life, but it will certainly impact the way you think about your life. I'm not an anthropology wonk, so learning about the evolution of Sapiens was educational for me, and I enjoyed that it was infused with humor to humanize it a bit. The book is also infused with a lot of Harari's own biases on religion, veganism, consumerism - and so forth. I loved this about the book - others might find it irritating.
There is a very long chapter on how our consumerism has been absolutely devastating to the animals we share the planet with. It was difficult to read, and not because it isn't true, but because it made me feel like shit. I don't know that I'll go full on vegan, but I recognize my impact and I am committed to cutting my meat consumption significantly.
The ending is pretty bleak, but we have also innovated our way into a pretty scary crossroads. Which road will we take? Moving on to Homo Deus. This is one of the those books that should be required reading for everyone. I'm going to recommend it to all of my friends. All two of them.
(Posted on 5/29/2019)
- so interesting! Review by Brandy Ahearn
I had to listen a few times.....there is so much information. excellent book! I might listen again....
(Posted on 2/16/2019)
- This book should be studied in schools Review by Yanna
The most perspective widening book I ever listened. Makes you think about the important things.
(Posted on 2/16/2019)
- Enjoyed this book Review by Pen Name
This book is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to this year. worth it.
(Posted on 12/6/2018)
- Great Read!! Review by Bill
Very informative, great overview of human development. Written in a down to earth style that is enjoyable and detailed without being overly "sciency" or academic.
(Posted on 12/6/2018)
- Great but heavy Review by Ian
The book was very informing. But the book itself and the narrator made it very heavy. Hard to follow up without lying full attention.
(Posted on 11/27/2018)
- Post-modernist rant, flashes of grounded opinion Review by BestBookSales Customer
I was attracted to the book based on a recommendation, and from an interest in evolutionary psychology. And I actually enjoyed most of Part I, which dealt with loosely accepted origins of the cognitively aware humans we know and live as today. But from there, the book took a disappointing turn. It diverged into an ideological rant against agriculture, Western Civilization (or all civilizations really), the evils of modern technology, and most of all against the "myths"of every belief system in the modern world. While these arguments may be ostensibly in the the vein of a devil's advocate, it quickly became clear that Harari was presenting a fast and loose version of HIS view of history, regardless of the grounding material.
I don't have problem with critiques or examinations of human thought and beliefs, but Harari condemns almost all modern structures of society, without recognizing any of the obvious benefits. It seems that this 1st world writer, in a country with free speech, touting the benefits of science and the age of Enlightenment, believes that we should all go back to gathering nuts and hunting wild game in the pure foraging bands of yore. "Obviously," we were all happier back then, due to the esteemed wisdom of the Great God of Evolution. (also a benefit of modern rational thought, btw).
(Posted on 11/27/2018)
- Expands upon the book Guns, Germs, and Steel Review by Mark Thielen
The first half dove into human history quiet nice and thorough. Once Sapiens are introduced into history, then the writing bounces around history a bunch. I found myself asking why certain parts of history were not mentioned or glossed over while others were intensely focused. Why so much focus on the American Revolution and barely any mention of empires and wars such as WWII? I also was curious why there wasn't any mention of the Israeli Palestinian conflict while other countries conflicts were brought up.
The economic subjects around money and statistics and commerce were fascinating. This gave a great background of today's commerce in historical terms easily understood.
The last few chapters were enlightening in where we are heading and a subject I find myself in conversations with others.
(Posted on 11/26/2018)
- mind blowing Review by Jeremiah boucher
the content of this book is mind blowing. You might want to buy the written version as well so you can follow along, some of the ideas can get complex but the writer doesn't tremendous job simplifying these complex topics.
(Posted on 11/25/2018)
- Sweeping Tale of Human History Review by Peter
Dr. Harari's first major popular book is deserving of its support. He covers many aspects of history from a perspective of human and cultural adaption, and this is the distinguishing factor for this piece.
Derek Perkins is an excellent narrator, providing lots of cadence and conversational tone which keeps the listening lively and enjoyable throughout. My only quibble is that I can still hardly understand when he says Porsche, as it is nearly inaudibly different than "Persia". There were not any issues beyond that minor issue however
The story is ranked at 4 stars due to the middle chapters of the book lacking the structure of the beginning and end of the book. It's all fascinating, but especially in audio book form, it is more difficult to keep hold of the key thoughts and take-aways during the mid-sections.
(Posted on 11/2/2018)
- Mind blowing book Review by Brian
This book will make your mind think differently about... everything. Sapiens is a phenomenal book.
(Posted on 10/23/2018)
- Fascinating stroll through history Review by Angeli
It's not brief, but it does give the reader a walk through history and a peek at a possible future. Obviously the author does not like many of the things Sapiens have done to the planet or each other! I love the idea that war, on a grand scale, should be a thing of the past. What is there to steal when this is the age of intelligence as a resource?
(Posted on 10/9/2018)
- Thought provoking Review by fjness
It was a tough book to turn off. Harari uses a very post modern to pragmatist philosophical grounding. Traditional history readers and classic liberals will have to work through new concepts of truth to keep up. His book made me think of history in new ways. Harari's book is a partial rebuke to Pinker's Better Angel's of our Nature. I should read them back to back to get both sides of the argument. Harari is to Rousseau as Pinker is to Hobbes.
(Posted on 10/2/2018)
- award winning for a reason Review by Justin
One of the most interesting books of this time. this book takes you through a whole series of events and happenings that the common everyday person only knows the surface of. it goes in detail about the creation of thought, humanities beginning, middle and future. definitely worth the read
(Posted on 9/29/2018)
- Information about our species like never before Review by Anthony James Pologruto, Jr
The book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is brimming with information regarding our storied pre-history. Although at some points, it feels as though the author is loosely basing the assumptions made in reality, the overall story is brimming with more information than any other source that I've read. Prepare to view your species differently.
(Posted on 9/20/2018)
- Many interesting things but beware Review by Sierra Bravo
This book contains many interesting facts and scientific theories and the early section on the evolution of man is quite interesting. What struck me most about the book is that in the early part where the author is most qualified he is very careful to note what is theory and alternate theory but later in the book when is offering his opinion on a number of things (such as how research monies are allocated) he presents his opinions as fact. The first third of the book is well worth the read (or listen) but the last two thirds is simply the author's opinion on a host of things presented as fact. Opposing view points are NOT included or even mentioned. The arrogance of this tends to come thru in spades. Got 80% of the way thru the book and just could not take it anymore.
(Posted on 9/17/2018)
- Promising beginning Review by Jonathan Frodella
There are a few good points to be taken from this book, mostly that humanity relies on set of intricate stories and fictions in order to survive. The author also mentions several studies that deserve to be explored further (e.g., primates preferring a realistic-looking mother figure rather than a wire frame containing milk), but the book rapidly devolves into a series of grand pronouncements about science, history, and other disciplines without referring to any empirical evidence. Many parts of this book are a chore to get through and feel as though they should be confined to the author’s personal diary. He also fails to convince that hunter-gatherers had it better than we do today, and this is a point he repeats often. The book’s important points could have been set forth in a blog post or a short podcast.
(Posted on 9/15/2018)
- Life changing Review by Sam A. Havens
I guess this is what it feels like to have a religious awakening, which is ironic given the contents of the book. The way this book describes humans from such a distant vantage point really forces you to acknowledge the objective reality that we are all just animals, doing strange things, believing even stranger things, for our brief lives.
One example of how this book has changed me: I've taken antidepressants for a long tube, but always felt guilty: like if I just understood myself and my world better, I wouldn't need that crutch. I don't feel that way anymore. Read the book and you'll understand why. It's a tired analogy, but it's like The Matrix. I'm suddenly aware of these major aspects of my reality that I was just ignoring before... Or, more than ignoring, they just weren't something I could see. Read this. The narrator is great. The content is great. The writing is great.
(Posted on 9/8/2018)