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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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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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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!

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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.

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Exceptional !!!<br />

Exceptional. Plain and simple. . . . .
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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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This History is Brief but Trenchant

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How deeply do we understand our heritage, when our education systems macerates history into meaningless porridge or chunks which we cannot relate to our daily lives?

Yuval Harari elaborates our trajectory without excusing our actions, be they tragic or magnificent and quite unlike any other living organism to have lived on earth.

Through "Sapiens", we can appreciate what we have wrought, both good and evil. We understand what brought us to this day and what is required of us to step into the future...a future we must understand is absolutely determined by our present values, beliefs and actions.

This is a captivating book which should be required reading for all students, in fact, for the population at large. Without its fundamentals, I cannot see people making worthy decisions in their lives and nothing I can say is as important as encouraging everyone to read it for themselves - and for the future of the world.

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A fascinating and enlightening read

#Audible1. There is so much information to process in this book that challenged many of my pre conceived beliefs. I understand my place as a sapiens in this world to a greater degree and I am also quite humbled by the path of destruction our kind had left on this planet. The narration is fantastic and it was quite a journey to listen to this amazing book.

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  • 2018-09-20

Amazing book!

The Author takes a real "birds eye view" of the humanity history. Very pleasant to listen to.
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Great and well researched book

Thoroughly insightful account of civilization and human evolution with some fascinating explanations of how we evolved since we arrived on the planet. #Audible1

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some preaching involved

the historical portions are interesting. how every the author goes on lengthy preaching of his pseudo-religious viewpoints in between which could be skipped.

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  • Andrew Kovacevic
  • 2018-08-06

Very Informative

My wife and I listened to this on a recent road trip and really enjoyed it. It was really informative and covered a lot of interesting material.

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  • iman khosravi fard
  • 2018-07-06

Fantastic book.

I loved it. It is hands down the best book I have read/listened to so far

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-24

Every human should read this

This book really does make so many things in our human history very clear and simple and mostly unbiased. I am grateful for having listened to it and I recommend to everyone!

Definitely read this!

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  • Luke C Tracey
  • 2018-06-21

Will change your perception on everything

Life as you know it will forever change. Prepare to finally learn the true meaning of life.

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  • Samuel
  • 2018-06-21

A meta-history of us

I will be digesting this book for years to come. A deeply compelling analysis of our species.

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  • Lynzey
  • 2018-05-12

This is a must read!!

Should be required reading in all schools in all nations. Extremely insightful and thoughtful. Please share!!

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  • David
  • 2018-05-08

Incredible Book

I picked up this book because it was recommended by Bill Gates on some online website. I didn't expect it to be such a stunning piece of work. The beginning of the book covers an area of human prehistory that is truly fascinating. the latter chapters are not as strong but still great.

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  • Brittany Richmond
  • 2018-04-13

Perfection

The single most significant book you'll ever 'read.' (Or listen to.) Thought provoking content and excellent narrative.

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  • Ellen de Graaf
  • 2018-04-09

amazing book, and great speaker

would recommend this book to anyone! narrator was also amazing to listen to. I've enjoyed all hours I've spent listening to this book and being educated by humankind

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  • Hue Jass
  • 2018-02-20

Great all around

Great struxture, great reader, and thought provocing topics. Expect to pause, rewind, and re-read this book in a good way. To better underatand the topics and to ponder its ideas