Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

100,000 years ago, at least six human species 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, tim 100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How...

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Title:Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Author:Yuval Noah Harari
ISBN:קיצור תולדות האנושות‎, [Ḳitsur toldot ha-enoshut]
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Ellen Fetu It is cleverly written. Plenty of factual knowledge along with interesting bits about people and history. I can only read so much every week…it is hea…moreIt is cleverly written. Plenty of factual knowledge along with interesting bits about people and history. I can only read so much every week…it is heavy for the non-academic. I think those who are raving about it are in this field of social and cultural anthropology. It's a huge undertaking on the part of the author and he is clearly competent. I WILL get through it…although have read a few other books on the side to survive! (less)
Jerry It is now available in English via Amazon with title Sapiens. I took his Coursera on line class based on book and was amazed.

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  • Elizabeth
    Oct 19, 2017
    One of Otis and Abby's top reads. One of Otis and Abby's top reads. ...more ...
  • David
    Mar 16, 2016
    This is an excellent book about the history of humans, covering all aspects; evolution, anthropology, geography, psychology, religion, ideologies, and the future of humans. Physically, the book is beautiful; the glossy paper makes it heavy as well. What really makes the book interestin...
  • Trevor
    Mar 27, 2018
    A friend of mine at work recommended I read this during the week ? and it is hard not being struck by the odd coincidence of that. Not so much him recommending a book to me, he?s done that before, but this book is very similar to The Patterning Instinct and I only read that a week ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Jul 29, 2019
    ????? ?????? ??????? = ?itsur Toldot ha-Enoshut = Sapiens : A Brief Bistory of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a book by Yuval Noah Harari first published in Hebrew in Israel in 2011, and in English in 2014. The book surveys th...
  • Petra-X Off having adventures
    Jul 09, 2016
    The book was too much a basic primer for me, at least to start with, but that's probably because I've read too many books on our origins biologically and culturally. Once the author had us settled into the civilization of cities he waxed romantically (as authors on this subje...
  • ·Karen·
    Sep 19, 2014
    Beginner's guide to sociobiology. And since I am a complete beginner, perfect for me. I finished this some six months ago: interesting to see what has remained: gossip, something I hate and rarely indulge in, is an important factor in creating social cohesion, (so perhaps I s...
  • Manny
    Jan 28, 2019
    - Pssst! Eve! - Who's there? - A friend. - What kind of friend? Come on out, don't be shy. - I'm not Shai- - You are. - I'm not. Who told you that? - I just figured it out myself. Oh, there you are. What are you doing curled round that bran...
  • Manny
    Jan 28, 2019
    I see many people complaining about the wild leaps of logic and the lack of footnotes - but honestly, what did you expect in a 500 page book, not even with small print, that's supposed to give you a summary of all history from the emergence of Homo sapiens to the present day? Pers...
  • Maciek
    Jul 25, 2015
    Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind is a book bound to appear on a large number of coffee tables and favorite lists, and be picked up even by those who normally would not find the time for reading. It will certainly not be the next A Brief History of Time, which is often named as the...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Oct 03, 2019
    ?Despite the astonishing things that humans are capable of doing, we remain unsure of our goals and we seem to be as discontented as ever. We have advanced from canoes to galleys to steamships to space shuttles ? but nobody knows where we?re going. We are more powerful than ever ...
  • Emily May
    Sep 23, 2018
    Is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods who don't know what they want? What a fantastic book. I can see why everyone from Bill Gates to Barack Obama was raving about it. It's an extremely compelling, accessible history - almost like a no...
  • Tanja Berg
    May 05, 2015
    Rating 5* out of 5. This is one of those rare books which is superbly written, intelligent and mind-altering. I am convinced by this author's arguments and my view of the human condition has changed permanently. I thought this would be a book that would delve lavishly in later...
  • Moran
    Sep 05, 2013
    I believe I am relatively familiar with history in general, and I'm usually not very excited about reading more about it. But this book was something else. Beautifully written and easy to read, this book just made me want to know more and more about how the author thinks the wor...
  • Ranjeev Dubey
    Feb 03, 2015
    Every once in a decade, a book comes along that has the capacity to radically change the way we think about matters of substance. This book is one of them. It asks fundamental questions about our evolution as humans and offers counter intuitive, tangential viewpoints. It tests our ...
  • Liad Magen
    Mar 30, 2013
    This book had changed my life, the way I think, the way I precept the world. I think it should be an obligatory book for everyone on this planet. ...
  • Marc Gerstein
    May 05, 2015
    Had I stopped reading after the first section, I?d have given this a five stars and whined that the Goodreads platform doesn?t aloe reviewers to go higher. But I didn?t stop. I kept reading, . . . until it got so bad, I found myself unable to do more than skim, and eventually, to...
  • Dr. Appu Sasidharan
    Aug 21, 2020
    (TR)- This book is simply outstanding, and I can indubitably say that this is the best non-fiction book I read this year. - This book discusses the whole of Human History. These are some interesting excerpts from it - ?Not all people get the same chance to cultivate and r...
  • BlackOxford
    Dec 09, 2017
    Choose Your Fictions Carefully There are far too many fascinating assertions in this book to even mention. But for me the most fascinating is Harari?s idea of the Cognitive Revolution which took place about 70,000 years ago. "We might call it the Tree of Knowledge mutation. W...
  • Dana Ilie
    Nov 26, 2018
    Nothing new! Everything I read in this book to some extent I learned at the anthropology courses taught by academician Balaceanu-Stolnici. Harari is a good writer, but one with a very decided agenda. I had to point out how surprisingly little he seems to have read on quite a number ...
  • Adina
    Sep 26, 2017
    It is again unpopular opinion time! It seems it becomes a rule for me not to enjoy a book that everyone seems to love. Well, someone has to. Here we go with the review. Prepare your tomatoes and raw eggs (someone actually threw a raw egg at me once for fun but it bounced from my bum ?...
  • Darwin8u
    Mar 10, 2017
    "The ability to speak about fictions is the most unique feature of Sapiens language...fiction has enabled us not merely to imagine things, but to do so collectively." -- Yuval Noah Harari , Sapiens The writing style reminds me a bit of Bob Wright's The Moral Ani...
  • Leonard Gaya
    Jun 07, 2020
    Sapiens is based on a series of lectures Harari gave in Jerusalem in the early 2010s, and it reads in fact like a bunch of TED Talks bundled together. The author (a historian specialised in medieval crusades, to begin with) sounds well versed in all sorts of disciplines: palaeontology,...
  • Sean Barrs
    Jan 28, 2019
    This is a hugely ambitious book; it takes a very broad approach, condensing huge topics into short chapters in an attempt to provide a basis for the development of our entire species. The parts I found most interesting were regarding ecology and man?s interaction with the ecosystem. ...
  • Lisa
    Nov 17, 2018
    "Is there anything more dangerous than dissatisfied and irresponsible gods who don?t know what they want?" Now, that is a mean cliffhanger on page 466! I am so done with Sapiens, I am willing to enter the realm of posthuman Homo Deus out of spite for my species. Dur...
  • Andy
    Feb 28, 2015
    The only parts of this book that really grabbed my attention were the chapters on early humankind, and especially the interaction between Homo Sapiens and other Homo species. The rest of it is a very pedestrian and basic journey through some aspects of human history, with the author ma...
  • William2
    May 01, 2017
    This book is a superficial gloss on human history. Nice try but it excludes too much data in favor of an overarching conceptual view to be deeply interesting. Stopped reading for reasons detailed below at p. 304 of 416. Considering the outlandishness of some of its claims?the down...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Feb 08, 2018
    History and Sociology for Dummies, this book is almost irrecoverably watered down intellectually. [and for all those commenters that think I am calling them dummies, I am simply referring to the popular XXX For Dummies books and I am not intentionally insulting folks that enjoyed the b...
  • Simon Clark
    Oct 25, 2016
    Fantastic. Absolutely sublime. I don't think I've ever read a book with such grand scope, or a book that promises to cover so much and actually delivers. Dealing with the biggest questions about our species - Why are we here? Why are we the way we are? What does our happiness...
  • Petrik
    Jun 29, 2019
    Chris Evans highly recommended this book. When Captain America says so, you listen. It?s been almost three years since I joined Goodreads and this is literally the second non-fiction book I finished reading. The last time I read a non-fiction book was in December 2016, it was an a...
  • Tharindu Dissanayake
    Dec 10, 2020
    "what looks inevitable in hindsight was far from obvious at the time." "Presumably, everyone reading this book is a Homo sapiens - the species sapiens (wise) of the genus Homo (man)." We 'sapiens' have diverse tastes when it comes to everything, so s...