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A Brief History of Humankind

By Yuval Noah Harari

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Format: Paperback, 512 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 30 April 2015
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we re going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind s extraordinary history from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world 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, author of Guns, Germs and Steel For more, visit www.ynharari.com

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What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? This bestselling history of our species challenges everything we know about being human.

About the Author

I encourage all of us, whatever our beliefs, to question the basic narratives of our world, to connect past developments with present concerns, and not to be afraid of controversial issues. Dr Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. His research focuses on broad questions, such as- What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded? 65,000 people have signed up to his online course, A Brief History of Humankind. Sapiens is an international bestseller and is being published in more than 30 languages worldwide. In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.


"I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species" * Bill Gates * "Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth" * Barack Obama * "Jaw dropping from the first word to the last... It may be the best book I've ever read" * Chris Evans * "Tackles the biggest questions of history and the modern world... Written in unforgettably vivid language" * Jared Diamond * "Startling... It changes the way you look at the world" * Simon Mayo * "Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating" * Sunday Express * "One of the best books I've read recently... Gives an excellent overview of how our species has developed" * Lily Cole * "Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain... Radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new" * Sunday Times *

EAN: 9780099590088
ISBN: 0099590085
Publisher: Vintage
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.7 centimeters (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Peter on
A quite different and thought provoking look at history. An easy reading style and I would imagine that lectures where he interacted with the audience would be a great experience.
Anonymous on
Well deserving of the great reviews it has received; incredibly well researched. Written in a calm, easy to understand and at times humorous way and I like his consistent use of the pronoun 'she' in preference to 'he' when using illustrative 'real life' scenarios. The writer definitely has a passion for the different topics he addresses in the book. This is a book for those who have an interest in our species and in the different possible directions it is heading.
Hermann on
Could not put it down.
ronald on
Excellent reading if interested in Human evolution

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Raymond on
This is an amazing book. I could hardly bare to put it down. I learned so much about human history, biology, psychology, religion, how the world financial system works - everything! Truly the most enlightening, interesting book I've ever read. I'm going to wait six months and read it again! I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with an inquiring mind.

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