Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

4.45 avg rating
( 178,486 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780062316097: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.

New York Times Bestseller

A 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.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for February 2015: Yuval Noah Harari has some questions. Among the biggest: How did Homo sapiens (or Homo sapiens sapiens , if you’re feeling especially wise today) evolve from an unexceptional savannah-dwelling primate to become the dominant force on the planet, emerging as the lone survivor out of six distinct, competing hominid species? He also has some answers, and they’re not what you’d expect. Tackling evolutionary concepts from a historian’s perspective, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, describes human development through a framework of three not-necessarily-orthodox “Revolutions”: the Cognitive, the Agricultural, and the Scientific. His ideas are interesting and often amusing: Why have humans managed to build astonishingly large populations when other primate groups top out at 150 individuals? Because our talent for gossip allows us to build networks in societies too large for personal relationships between everyone, and our universally accepted “imagined realities”--such as money, religion, and Limited Liability Corporations—keep us in line. Who cultivated whom, humans or wheat?. Wheat. Though the concepts are unusual and sometimes heavy (as is the book, literally) Harari’s deft prose and wry, subversive humor make quick work of material prone to academic tedium. He’s written a book of popular nonfiction (it was a bestseller overseas, no doubt in part because his conclusions draw controversy) landing somewhere in the middle of a Venn diagram of genetics, sociology, and history. Throughout, Harari returns frequently to another question: Does all this progress make us happier, our lives easier? The answer might disappoint you. --Jon Foro

From the Back Cover:

One hundred thousand 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 enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?

In Sapiens, Professor Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical—and sometimes devastating—breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, and incorporating full-color illustrations throughout the text, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Bold, wide-ranging, and provocative, Sapiens integrates history and science to challenge everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our heritage...and our future.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780099590088: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0099590085 ISBN 13:  9780099590088
Publisher: Random House, 2015
Softcover

9780062316110: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Harper..., 2018
Softcover

9781846558238: Sapiens

Harvil..., 2014
Hardcover

9781846558245: Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

Harvil..., 2014
Softcover

9780771038501: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Signal, 2014
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

International Edition
International Edition

1.

Harari, Yuval Noah
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
International Edition
Seller:
Booksdegran
(Marlton, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Brand NEW. International Edition, Paperback, Brand New, Same author , ISBN and Cover image may differ. Legal to use despite any disclaimer, We ship to PO Box adresses in U.S.A .Choose Expedited Shipping for FASTER DELIVERY.Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed. Seller Inventory # NEW-07

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
International Edition
International Edition

2.

Yuval Noah Harari
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Paperback Quantity Available: 8
International Edition
Seller:
US_Superfast_Bookstore
(New Castle, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Condition: NEW. International Edition, Paperback, Brand New, Same author , ISBN and Cover image may differ. Legal to use despite any disclaimer, We ship to PO , APO and FPO adresses in U.S.A .Choose Expedited Shipping for FASTER DELIVERY.Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed. Seller Inventory # US_9780099590088

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 14.70
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Harari, Yuval Noah
Published by Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0062316095

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 22.67
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Harari, Yuval Noah
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
ReadCycle
(Marlton, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 4JRHI6000V4E

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 30.03
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Yuval Noah Harari
Published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2015. Hardback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Official U.S. edition with full color illustrations throughout.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. Seller Inventory # BTE9780062316097

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.34
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Yuval Noah Harari
Published by Harper (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
vladimir belskiy
(Alexandria, VA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2015. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # AK-E015-454I

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 35.65
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Yuval Noah Harari
Published by Harper Collins Publ. USA (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publ. USA, 2015. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # TV9780062316097

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 36.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.20
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Harari, Yuval Noah
Published by Harper (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0062316095

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 38.93
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Yuval Noah Harari
Published by Harper (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0062316095

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.78
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Yuval Noah Harari
Published by Harper (2015)
ISBN 10: 0062316095 ISBN 13: 9780062316097
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # MB06ZYGH7JB

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 49.78
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book