Sapiens

Sapiens

A Brief History of Humankind

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"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."--
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: © 2015
ISBN: 9780062316097
0062316095
9780062316110
0062316117
Branch Call Number: 599.9 HARARI
Characteristics: [viii], 443 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 24 cm

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MAXWHELAN
Jul 07, 2017

This book weighs about 60 pounds and my husband could not get past the first 25 pages or so. Maybe it's perfect for someone else - or maybe he will love it another time. But it is soooo heavy! Hard to carry on a bike!

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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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scsmith21
Jan 03, 2017

In Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari writes about disruptors of a different sort. Long before computer chips, our homo sapiens ancestors experienced a cognitive revolution, expanding and colonizing across the world. Harari tracks the significant moments of change, from revolutions scientific and industrial to our modern experiments with bioengineering, which may signify the end of homo sapiens as we’ve existed for 150,000 years. A must-read for any human—or aspiring bot.
Total reading time: 6.5 hours
How to read it: As a pick-me-up when you need to feel a little species pride

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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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