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Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind

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Fire gave us power. Farming made us hungry for more. Money gave us purpose. Science made us deadly. This is the thrilling account of our extraordinary history - from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it: us.

In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going.

`I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species' Bill Gates
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Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 37mm | 437g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099590085
  • 9780099590088
  • 6

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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.
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"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 *
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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'.
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141,232 ratings
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4 28% (39,810)
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2 2% (2,772)
1 1% (1,435)
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