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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.


"Sapiens is packed with heretical thinking and surprising facts. This riveting, myth-busting book cannot be summarised in any detail; you will simply have to read it" -- John Gray * Financial Times * "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 "What's unique about Harari's take is that he focuses on the power of stories and myths to bring people together... I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history... Harari tells our history in such an approachable way that you'll have a hard time putting it down" -- Bill Gates "What makes it so interesting and provocative is that because it's such a condensed sweeping history it talks about some core things that have allowed us to build this extraordinary civilisation that we take for granted, but weren't a given, and it gives you a sense of perspective in how briefly we've been on this Earth" -- Barack Obama * CNN * "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, making the world strange and new" -- John Carey * The Sunday Times * "Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating" * Sunday Express * "Unbelievably good book. Jaw dropping from the first word to the last." * Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 * "A rare book...thrilling and breathtaking" * Observer * "Harari is able to be as refreshingly clear in his discussions of biology, of evolutionary anthropology and of economics as he is of historical trends... Stick with him and you learn a lot" * Daily Telegraph * "Reading it is like having a mental massage, cold shower and brisk workout, and all in the comfort of your own home" -- Esther Rantzen * Mail on Sunday * "Full of shocking and wondrous stories" * Sunday Times * "Consistently engaging...Harari writes prose that leaps from the page. His broad sweep, collating philosophy, science, history and economics, creates moments of eyebrow-raising revelation for a reader from any background" * New Statesman * "Sapiens is a fast-paced, witty and challenging romp through 70,000 years of human history...I did love it, and if you are interested in the whole story of humankind, I'm confident that you will love it too" * Literary Review * "Provocative and fascinating and opinionated...it makes the familiar seem unfamiliar. It altered how I view our species and our world." -- Mohsin Hamid * Guardian * "Harari delivers a boldly synthesized account of Homo sapiens' rise through the hominin ranks...A view of our ascent as nasty, brutish, long - and endlessly fascinating" * Nature * "Harari can write. Not in the sense that most authors can...But really, really write, with wit, clarity, elegance and a wonderful eye for metaphor" * The Times * "Provocative, thrilling erudite... One of the year's most talked-about books" * Metro * "Its breadth is startling... It changes the way you look at the world and few books tick that box." -- Simon Mayo * Daily Express * "Probably the most ambitious history book of the year. Certainly the most thought-provoking" -- Dan Jones * Evening Standard - Books of the Year * "As a writer, Harari is superbly clear. He's also a formidable polymath and a wonderfully elegant thinker... He is a brilliant analyst with a storyteller's gift" -- William Leith * Evening Standard *

EAN: 9780099590088
ISBN: 0099590085
Publisher: Vintage
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.7 centimeters (0.38 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Peter H.Beale 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 Weber on
Could not put it down.
ronald braddock on
Excellent reading if interested in Human evolution

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Raymond Kolle 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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