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Publisher's Summary

Destined to become a modern classic in the vein of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Sapiens is a lively, groundbreaking history of humankind told from a unique perspective.

One hundred thousand 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, paleontology, 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 behavior from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power...and our future.

©2017 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2017 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

"Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international best seller. It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language. You will love it!" (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World Until Yesterday)
"Sapiens is the sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain. Its author, Yuval Noah Harari, is a young Israeli academic and an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps have you gasping with admiration...Harari's writing radiates power and clarity." (The Sunday Times)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-17

I've learned so much from this book!

I didn't use to like reading about history. As time has gone by, I've caught myself not only addicted to getting to know more about our history but also to audiobooks! Well, I liked the way of which this book was written especially for those like me not familiar with history. I've ended up wanting to read more and more! However, I'd like to make an observation that most parts of this book weren't narrated fully! I mean, many times the writing and its audio reproduction don't match! This doesn't compromise the understanding, but I believe this may be an issue for some people. Overall, getting to know a little more about our history was amazing!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Saarim
  • 2017-10-18

Generational Book

This book is something else. I've never read a book with so much depth and insight. The captivating words paired with a great speaker made this a book for generations to come.

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  • MMH Toronto
  • 2017-11-01

An individual's interpretation of history ...

History is an engaging topic, the segments where the author delivers on what the title promises are thus engaging and interesting. When actual history is shared I enjoyed the book. However, much of the book is nothing more than the author's subjective opinionated and biased interpretation of history. All major religions are attacked save the author's own faith and nation. I am disappointed that a "scientist" can be this jaded and closed minded.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Bacardi
  • 2017-12-01

Insights galore

Who and what we are...where are we headed? What should we want to want going forward?

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  • Shea Earl
  • 2017-11-25

I'll definitely listen to this again.

Really interesting book and well narrated. Even if you're familiar with the current story of our biological evolution, that story is retold in a really digestible way. There's much more in here than biology though. Philosophy, psychology and explanations of our behaviour and relationship to out environment from the beginning to modern day. I couldn't even fit an index of it all in a short review. I'll definitely listen to this again.

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  • Josh
  • 2017-11-21

Very educational

Deeply insightful and educational. Great introduction to a lot of important subjects. This book should be mandatory reading in high school.

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  • Alex
  • 2017-11-15

4.5 stars

even after listening to "great courses" on history, I'm still blown away.
very insightful and a deeply rich source of our ancestry
highly recommended

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  • Cody N.
  • 2017-11-08

Enlightening

This book helped me to better understand humans, our impact on the planet and what is next for us. Cannot recommend this audio book highly enough. Wow!

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  • Debbie Hegland
  • 2017-11-07

excellent book

well read and an excellent story. enjoyed it from begining to end. would recommend it

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  • Ray
  • 2017-11-05

A human story worth sharing

I love stories that span generations, so this story could have easily been called, "Hey you, listen here, enjoy.

I enjoyed the performance. There are some parts of the book, or theories shared that could be considered controversial without context, But they are important and worth sharing.

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  • Biff
  • 2017-09-17

Historical option fiction?

I thought this was a science book but infact it is more of a historical fiction with options and no references. The reader for the book was very good though.

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