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A Brief History of Humankind

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 ens...
Publish Date
May 15
First Published in 2011
Goodreads rating
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history.      source
Apr 02, 2019
@joy_in_words Book - Sapiens, Movie - Aviator      source
The brainy book I seem to be sharing or talking about the most lately.      source
Jan 17, 2019
I’ve said it before and I’ll definitely say it in the future, the book Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari is truly mind-blowing. It’s changed the way I look at almost everything. I can’t endorse it enough.      source
I just love the style of his writing.      source
Oct 04, 2018
American Like Me by @AmericaFerrera & Sapiens -A Brief History of Humankind @harari_yuval      source
Dec 25, 2018
Really enjoying “Sapiens” by yuval_noah_harari It really puts in perspective how bizarre human beings are. It’s an awesome overview of our species.      source
Oct 23, 2018
It’s an amazing book on the beginning of humanity. It’s scientific but also philosophical. It’s written by Yuval Noah Harari. I heard him speak and it’s fascinating. It’s about humanity and how we came to be. It’s a book that I carried around for a while but it’s like 500 pages.      source
Dec 25, 2017
@Savo_Heleta Just a little quote from Yuval Harari's Sapiens, one of the best books I read this year. Someone should have given it to you for Christmas, if you are prepared to look beyond your Fanon blinkers.      source
A great book about how we’ve evolved and why we have anxiety.      source
Mar 21, 2015
"Sapiens" by Yuval Noah Harari is the best book I've read since "The Rational Optimist" (@mattwridley). Both orthogonal and deep thinkers.      source
It explains human behavior and why we are the way we are in human civilization from soup to nuts. And I’ve read it now a couple of times. It’s a pretty astonishing book.      source
A grand theory of humanity.      source
A previous favorite.      source
Feb 19, 2019
3 books I recommended on Pomp's podcast. These books help you understand how our world works (or doesn’t work). This understanding is essential for success.      source
Jan 27, 2018
People often ask me what to read. Better to LISTEN to a book like @harari_yuval book SAPIENS so you can navigate today’s lunacy. All members of the press should read this book twice. Get out of your echo chambers!      source
Dec 30, 2016
I'm sitting on Miami Beach in the sun reading this excellent book, drinking rosé, listening to cheesy 90s R&B. 2016 has a kiss in its tail      source
Nov 05, 2019
“Sapiens” by Yuval Harari Great book!      source
Mar 21, 2015
I resisted reading this popular history of mankind, because it came out when I had just finished “Guns, Germs, and Steel” and “Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches”, on the same subject. But wow - this book is at its best when the author is sharing his personal perspective about binding myths, humanism, and other ways that “truths” are not true. And you get an interesting history of the world along with it. Strange mix of history and philosophy.      source
Sep 04, 2019
Love this book still      source
Basically one of the things we've created here is we've imagined ideas that we all share.      source
Oct 17, 2020
I am almost halfway through my second reading of this thought provoking book. Interesting how much l had not taken in the first time l read the book.      source
Sep 12, 2015
@dcurtis Sapiens is the best book of the last decade. Upside of Stress will change your life.      source
Sep 09, 2018
@chronic_trader I tried but I cant do ten and there isn't enough room for a full list so books Ive recently enjoyed are: Sapiens Homo Deus The Silk Road The Lean Start Up Trust me Im lying Conspiracy Chaos Monkeys David Bowie - A life Why Minksy Matters The Sheltering Sky The Undoing Project      source
Jul 10, 2017
Really great book      source
Mar 21, 2015
One of the most talked about books of the last couple of years, and for good reason. Both sobering and conservatively optimistic in equal measure, it seems even more relevant for us at the moment to learn from our socio-anthropological history.      source
Mar 21, 2015
Q: Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list? P.A.: I would also include the following books: The Emperor of All Maladies, Where Men Win Glory, The President’s Club, The Most Important Thing, Sapiens, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, 10 Percent Happier, The Rommel Papers, King of the World, The Corner and Good Calories, Bad Calories.      source
Sep 10, 2019
I couldn’t put Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari down. I found Harari’s writing to be engaging yet academic and authoritative—that’s not easy to do. It inspired me to see if my writing could have a similar impact.      source
Aug 12, 2015
Have you read the book, Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari? Great read. Here's his @TEDTalks on the topic. Mind=blown:      source
Jan 08, 2019
Day 3: I’ve been nominated by @filadin to post covers of 7 books that I love with no explanations or reviews. Each time I post I will ask another to take up the challenge. Today I nominate @bluebirds4418      source
Apr 15, 2021
@ThuesenMartin I love this book. I've read it as a book and listened on audio. I need to read it several more times to take it all in!      source
Nov 05, 2014
I cannot recommend Yuval Harari's book, Sapiens, enough. Here's my favourite bit about the need for stories.      source
I’m going to give Sapiens over and over again to everyone I know.      source
Oct 18, 2020
@Trader_Calm Yeah, of the few books that you can feel yourself getting smarter as you read them :) I would put Taleb's Incerto series also in these category of books.      source
One of the books I’ve given most as a gift.      source