New York Times BestsellerA Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.
Israeli born Yuval Noah Harari is a historian and philosopher who was born in Haifa, Israel, and received his PhD from Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Department of History. He is the author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. All Harari books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and have been translated in many countries. Sapiens has been chosen to be adapted to film by Hollywood.
Harari's books are very popular with progressives and they ask questions about such thoughts as what he describes as the "cognitive revolution", and how it affected language development; the agricultural revolution, and how the scientific method accelerated everything. His opinion in his book concerning future consequences of the futuristic biotechnological world is that "Homo sapiens as we know them will disappear in a century or so".
Harari practices Vipassana meditation, he is a vegan, and does not own a smartphone. He became vegan because in his research he developed the view that the dairy industry is breaking the bond between mother cow and calf.