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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
I just love the style of his writing.     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
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
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
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
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