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Yuval Noah Harari - Sapiens (A Brief History of Humankind) (New Paperback)

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Synopsis

The Million Copy Bestseller.

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the whole of 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, palaeontology 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 behaviour 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.

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  • Format : Thick New Paperback
  • Condition : New
  • Category : Non-Fiction - History & Futurology
  • Published : 2011 (This Edition 2015 - Vintage)
  • ISBN : 9780099590088
  • SKU : B000059
  • PPC : SP470gm
  • RRP : £10.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.
External Reviews

'Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international bestseller. 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.

'Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain . . . radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new.' - The Sunday Times.

'Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating.' - The Sunday Express.

'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.

The Author

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli public intellectual, historian and a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the popular science bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

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