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Sapiens

By Yuval Noah Harari

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'Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth' Barack Obama

What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens?

One of the world's preeminent historians and thinkers, Yuval Noah Harari challenges everything we know about being human.

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us.

In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going.

**ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21st CENTURY**

PRAISE FOR SAPIENS:

'Jaw-dropping from the first word to the last... It may be the best book I've ever read' Chris Evans

'Startling... It changes the way you look at the world' Simon Mayo

'I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species' Bill Gates

Summary by AI

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Author's Background:

  • Israeli historian and philosopher
  • Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Known for his interdisciplinary approach to history

Main Theme:

  • A comprehensive exploration of the history of humankind, from its origins to the present day

Key Points:

  • Cognitive Revolution: The development of language and abstract thought allowed humans to cooperate and dominate other species.
  • Agricultural Revolution: The transition from hunting and gathering to farming led to population growth, social stratification, and the rise of civilization.
  • Scientific Revolution: The development of science and technology accelerated human progress and led to the Industrial Revolution.
  • Information Revolution: The rise of the internet and digital technology is transforming human society in unprecedented ways.
  • Homo Deus: Harari speculates on the future of humankind, suggesting that we may evolve into a new species with enhanced abilities.

Reputation:

Positive:

  • Widely acclaimed for its scope, depth, and thought-provoking insights
  • Translated into over 60 languages
  • Has sold over 25 million copies worldwide

Negative:

  • Some critics argue that it is overly simplistic and deterministic
  • Others question the accuracy of some of its historical claims

Who Should Read It:

  • Anyone interested in history, anthropology, or the future of humankind
  • Readers who enjoy thought-provoking and challenging ideas
  • Individuals seeking a comprehensive understanding of human evolution and society

Readers

Simon Poudyal
Akber Khan
Peter Trizuliak
Tamoor Younas
Alex Radomski
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