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Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind

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The global phenomenon. The Sunday Times Number One Bestseller. The New York Times Top Ten Bestseller. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age - and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world '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, author of Guns, Germs and Steel 'Unbelievably good. Jaw dropping from the first word to the last' Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 Yuval's follow up to Sapiens, Homo Deus, is available now.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 37mm | 469g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099590085
  • 9780099590088
  • 7

About Yuval Noah Harari

Dr Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international phenomenon attracting a legion of fans from Bill Gates and Barack Obama to Chris Evans and Jarvis Cocker, and is published in over 45 languages worldwide. It was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and was in the Top Ten for over nine months in paperback. His follow-up to Sapiens, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow was also a Top Ten Bestseller and was described by the Guardian as `even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens'.show more

Review quote

"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 * "Tackles the biggest questions of history and the modern world... Written in unforgettably vivid language" * Jared Diamond * "Startling... It changes the way you look at the world" * Simon Mayo * "Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating" * Sunday Express * "One of the best books I've read recently... Gives an excellent overview of how our species has developed" * Lily Cole * "Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain... Radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new" * Sunday Times *show more

Review Text

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? And what will our world be like in the millennia 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.show more

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