Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari


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, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia t...

Details Sapiens

Release DateOct 3rd, 2018
PublisherHarvill Secker
GenreNonfiction, History, Science, Anthropology, Philosophy

Reviews Sapiens

  • Maciek
    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 world's top unfinished popular bestseller.Both A Brief History of Time and Sapiens share a similar, worthy goal - to explain complex issues in a way which can actu...
  • Liad Magen
    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.
  • Moran
    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 world evolved to what it is today. Revolution by revolution, religion by religion, conception by conception, things were simplified and yet still maintained valid points - an...
  • William2
    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 downside of the Agricultural Revolution, the joys of Empire—the book seems weirdly under-sourced. The bibliography is beyond meagre. Don't get me wrong, I like a little i...
  • Marc Gerstein
    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 just skipping large chunks.It starts out as a fascinating discussion of the development and rise of our species, homo sapiens. But starting in the second section o...
  • Adina
    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 )Sapiens’ beginning was fantastic. I loved the author’s voice and the information about the early days of the human kind was fascinating. I did not read any non-f...
  • Petra X
    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 subject quite often do) on the life of the hunter gatherer and its perfection. (I've just finished Sebastian Junger's Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging and there was more of that...
  • Andy
    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 making a lot of sweeping assertions and tending towards a rather vague and disembodied explanation of things like culture, money, etc. These sort of general explanati...
  • Tanja Berg
    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 human evolution, but it is does not. It discusses it briefly and moves on, concentrating its effort on the times of agricultural revolution and forward. It is a masterpiece...
  • M.
    Bu kitabın değindiği konulara değinen Kozmos, Üçüncü Şempanze gibi şahane kitaplar varken bu kitabın bir yılı aşkın süredir en çok satan kitap olmasının altındaki sebebi çözemiyorum.Başlarda güzel giden (bilimsel ifadeler, kaynak gösterme, objektif anlatım, konu bütünlüğü) kitap giderek subjektifleşmeye ve çizgisini bozmaya başlıyor.Normatif ifadeler, empirik yöntemler dışında sezgiye dayalı aksiyomlar... A...
  • David
    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 interesting is the unique points of view that the author, Yuval Harari, brings to life.For example, early in the book, Harari mentions that chimps and sapiens (humans) can on...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    History and Sociology for Dummies, this book is almost irrecoverably watered down intellectually. Sapiens does make some interesting points and probably opens a few debates, but it disappointed me. There are lots of soundbites here, especially the oft-quoted one about the agricultural revolution being "history's greatest ripoff", but they remain soundbites because they never really reach a conclusion. The book starts out alright was the hunter-ga...
  • BlackOxford
    Choose Your Fictions CarefullyThere 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. Why did it occur in Sapiens DNA rather than in that of Neanderthals? It was a matter of pure chance, as far as we can tell. But it’s more important to understand the conseq...
  • ·Karen·
    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 should revise my attitude to it). True, when you think about it: you and I can only gossip about someone we both know. And it might be important to know who is forming an allia...
  • Ranjeev Dubey
    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 thinking, provokes new trains of thought. The book is highly readable and an immense provocation. It must be read, whether or not you are particularly interested in man...
  • Jim
    Very well read by Derek Perkins, I highly recommend this book to everyone. Whatever your beliefs, you'll find plenty of food for thought in this relatively brief outline of our history from a middling animal to whatever the hell we are now. It's about 15 hours long, but never dragged a bit. I made excuses to listen every minute that I could & even downloaded the ebook to reread sections for clarification & to ponder a bit more at length. I highly...
  • Simon Clark
    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 mean? - Harari writes precisely and with shrewd use of metaphor, providing answers that seem intuitively right but leading us to think further than we have before. The links...
  • Darwin8u
    "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 , SapiensThe writing style reminds me a bit of Bob Wright's The Moral Animal: Why We Are the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology, Mann's 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, or Sagan's Cosmos. It is obviously a book directed a...
  • Ehud Amir
    A Brief History of the Right QuestionsAt the 16th Century, Peter Bruegel the Elder has painted his Landscape with the Fall of Icarus: a farmer works in the field, ships sail by – and at the bottom, at the corner, almost invisible, Icarus falls to the sea. The Icarus Myth is remembered for thousands of years; the farmer in the painting had lived and died in anonymity. Why, therefore, had Bruegel painted such a small and marginal Icarus and such ...
  • Otis Chandler
    I haven't read a ton of "history of the world" books, but this was fascinating. Highly recommended. I think the author is incredibly good at explaining and simplifying big concepts. He take on complex things like religion & capitalism and explains them in very simple terms that you likely hadn't thought about before. The history of religion chapter was very interesting. I hadn't thought about the fact that many early religions were animists or po...
  • Rosie Nguyễn
    Quá quá quá hay. Lâu lâu lắm rồi mới đọc một quyển sách non - fic xuất sắc như vậy. Có thể gọi là kiểu mẫu của thể loại non - fic khoa học viết cho đại chúng, lập luận chặt chẽ, dẫn chứng phong phú, giả thiết thuyết phục, vừa trí tuệ vừa hài hước, đọc mà hầu như không thể rời mắt được vì quá hấp dẫn. Harari đưa ra những lời giải thíc...
  • David
    Sapiens was an occasionally interesting but ultimately disappointing read. Where Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel was a transformative investigation of the origins of civilization, Yuval Harari's Sapiens is a divisive, ideologically driven [Cognitive Revolution = Cultural Determinism] which twists data to fit a pre-existing theory. Back of it all, the entire book, is the final chapter where Harari frets about genetic engineering, cyborgs, a...
  • Julie
    To be fair: 2.5 stars, solidly in the middle of a "stinking rotten book" and "exceptionally brilliant". To do as Harari does, I speak only "generally" when I say this is a nice little synopsis of Anthropology One OH One, Physical and Cultural, with a lean towards the Cultural. In Ancient Days, when I was in First Year Anthro, I had two brilliant tutors -- one in each of the sub-disciplines noted above, who led us in wondrous discussions on all th...
  • Natan
    There is no doubt that, as a book, it is excellent. The author takes a very complex subject and makes it very clear. He is also not afraid to make controversial statements, which get you thinking about some deep questions.I think my main complaint is that he comes across as a little too sure of his own opinions, stating them as facts. Indeed he himself says that today's scientific culture is one of "ignorance", meaning we know there are things we...
  • Magdalena
    Once in a while I like to challenge myself and read something that wouldn't be my usual genre. Sapiens fits that bill perfectly. I haven't got that much interest in anthropology but I do want to educate myself more in that field and I feel that I learnt a lot from reading it.Intelligent, very well-written, engaging and definitely thought-provoking. Not everyone will agree with Harari's take on things but I enjoyed it and will read more of his boo...
  • Arnab Paul
    বই রিভিউঃকিছু কিছু বই পড়ার পর চিনতা করার ধরণ পালটে যায়। Yuval Noah Harari'র A Brief History of Humankind:Sapiens পড়ার পর এমনটাই মনে হল। পরায় সাড়ে চারশো পৃষঠার বইটিতে মানুষের আবিরভাব,বুদধিবৃততিক বিকাশ , কৃষ...
  • Trevor
    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 or so ago. And that’s odd too, since it is years since I’ve read a book on this theme, despite it being a bit of a favourite at one time. So, reading two books ...
  • Mümin
    -Sana bir sorum olacak: Nasıl oldu da bir bilim kitabı ülkemizde haftalarca çok satanlar listesinde kendine yer bulabildi?+Çok basit. İyi polisiyeler her zaman çok satar.-Saçmalama lütfen. Bu kitap polisiye değil ki. Hatta kurgu bile diyemeyiz. +Belki de deriz. Şöyle: Şimdi istersen iyi bir polisiyenin özelliklerini düşünelim. İyi bir polisiyede neler vardır söyler misin?-Öldürülen birisi ya da birileri. Bu cinayeti işledi...
  • Mohammad Mirzaali
    کتابی روان که آموختنیهای بسیاری، در عین تقلیلگراییهای آزاردهنده و مؤمنانه، در بر دارد. به طور کلی وقتی هراری «تاریخ» میگوید و تفسیرش میکند، بصیرتهایی به دست میدهد که بدیع و شیرین اند. مشکل کجا ست؟ مشکل سیطرهی عجیب روانشناسی تکاملی بر حوزههای مورد ب...
  • Aakanksha
    It's an excellent book with all the facts and figures which we don't know. This book is thought-provoking and changes one's thoughts about history. The author tries to sum up as much as he can in this book but in my opinion, a single book is not enough for the brief history of humankind. It never will be. Although, the book is filled with the author's opinions. He believes that Earth is better off without humans. Some part of the book is very int...