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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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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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Portentous

A most important book that connects the dots of my patchy education, knowledge, experience and draws a picture of how we have evolved irresponsibly and wastefully with impunity, an abundance of ignorance, egocentricity and short term destructive thinking unaware of our true abilities.

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Fantastic Read!

This was informative and fascinating throughout I enjoyed the narrator as well give it a try!

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Thought provoking

Whether you agree or disagree with many of his thoughts, it is a distinct pleasure to be encouraged to think. I valued this audio book experience immensely.

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A book that covers different aspects about sapiens

This book is so awesome! the narrator is really good. I recommend it to everyone!!

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Spectacular!

I want to listen to it again and again! The questions you will ask yourself as you listen to this book are scary yet provoking. I'm so excited to listen to his other titles.

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  • Nhat
  • 2018-11-05

INSIGHTFUL book on a typically boring subject

I wish Yuval was my history teacher. I have gained a new appreciation to History in general. I look to purchase more books from this author, as well as in the domain of History in general.

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  • Ross Smillie
  • 2018-10-22

awesome survey of human history

a tour de force exploring the history of the human race from the emergence of modern humans with the cognitive revolution to the way in which robotics and genetic engineering may well produce new species with god-like powers far surpassing our own. A fascinating,, stimulating, informative and troubling read!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-15

The tree of knowledge

Enlightening, scary, fascinating and humbling. I could go on but there is no point. This book covers so much and yet given the time it covers... Is a precise of humanity. Very well read this should be a text book and required reading for all.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-26

brilliant

this is one of the best books i have heard. the perspective was refreshing. wonderful

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  • benvan
  • 2018-09-24

Better if Yuval read it (or read the book yourself

Really great details and insights, if a bit on the dark side. The reader I felt put a spin on the words sometimes that seemed to inject too much of his own opinion. I've heard Yuval speak on these topics before, even the darker comments are supposed to have an earnest energy to go with them, which imparts alarm but also hope. This narration I found instead almost sounded sardonic at times, like coldly flaunting horror over the masses.

Overall still worth a read, but read it yourself I'd suggest.

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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.