Author(s): Yuval Noah Harari
This is The Sunday Times 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).
Yuval Harari's international bestseller is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from insignificant apes to rulers of the world
Shortlisted for Society of Biology Book Awards: General Biology Book 2015.
"A rare book...thrilling and breathtaking" The Observer "Full of shocking and wondrous stories" Sunday Times "Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating" Sunday Express "Reading it is like having a mental massage, cold shower and brisk workout, and all in the comfort of your own home" -- Esther Rantzen Mail on Sunday "Provocative, thrilling erudite... One of the year's most talked-about books" Metro "Consistently engaging...Harari writes prose that leaps from the page. His broad sweep, collating philosophy, science, history and economics, creates moments of eyebrow-raising revelation for a reader from any background" New Statesman "Sapiens is a fast-paced, witty and challenging romp through 70,000 years of human history...I did love it, and if you are interested in the whole story of humankind, I'm confident that you will love it too" Literary Review "Harari is able to be as refreshingly clear in his discussions of biology, of evolutionary anthropology and of economics as he is of historical trends... Stick with him and you learn a lot" Daily Telegraph "We usually think that we are an outcome of our personal history, where we grew up, the way our parents educated us, etc. In Sapiens, Harari delves deep into our history as a species to help us understand who we are and what made us this way. An engrossing read." Dan Ariely, New York Times Bestselling author of Predictably Irrational "Harari delivers a boldly synthesized account of Homo sapiens' rise through the hominin ranks...A view of our ascent as nasty, brutish, long - and endlessly fascinating" Nature "Eloquent and wonderfully funny" i "Harari can write. Not in the sense that most authors can...But really, really write, with wit, clarity, elegance and a wonderful eye for metaphor" The Times "This is mega-history of the best sort: sweeping but not simplistic, contemporary but not gimmicky, provocative but not contrarian. Almost everyone will want to argue with one part of this book or another, but working out which part and why will do us all good." Dr Steven Gunn "For its sheer originality and intellectual stimulation, I was captivated by Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens" -- Matthew d'Ancona Evening Standard - Books of the Year "Probably the most ambitious history book of the year. Certainly the most thought-provoking" -- Dan Jones Evening Standard - Books of the Year "Ambitious and invigorating" -- Charlotte Heathcote Sunday Express
'I encourage all of us, whatever our beliefs, to question the basic narratives of our world, to connect past developments with present concerns, and not to be afraid of controversial issues.' 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. His research focuses on broad questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded? 65,000 people have signed up to his online course, A Brief History of Humankind. Sapiens is an international bestseller and is being published in more than 30 languages worldwide. In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.