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Sapiens:

A Brief History of Humankind

  • Read by: Derek Perkins
  • Runtime: 15.3 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 2.10.2015
  • Publisher: Tantor
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Science
  • 15.28 hrs2/10/2015Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781494576905
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A New York Times Bestseller

A 2015 Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for History

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? 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.

Editorial Reviews

Harari is provocative and entertaining.Publishers Weekly

“Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international bestseller. 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, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel

Sapiens is learned, thought-provoking and crisply written…Fascinating.”

Wall Street Journal

“It’s not often that a book offers readers the possibility to reconsider, well, everything. But that’s what Harari does in this sweeping look at the history of humans…Readers of every stripe should put this at the top of their reading lists. Thinking has never been so enjoyable.”

Booklist (starred review)

“An encyclopedic approach from a well-versed scholar who is concise but eloquent, both skeptical and opinionated, and open enough to entertain competing points of view…The great debates of history aired out with satisfying vigor.”

Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Writing with wit and verve, Harari…attempts to explain how homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on Earth as well as the sole representative of the human genus…Provocative and entertaining.”

Publishers Weekly

Author Biography

Yuval Noah Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002 and is now a lecturer in the department of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in world history, medieval history, and military history, and his current research focuses on macro-historical questions. Harari twice won the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality, and he has also won the Society for Military History’s Moncado Award for outstanding articles in military history. In 2012 he was elected to the Young Israeli Academy of Sciences. He has published numerous books and articles, including Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry, 1100–1550 and The Ultimate Experience.

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Derek Perkins is a professional narrator and voice actor. He has narrated numerous titles across a wide range of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, mystery, comedy, history, and nonfiction. He has earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards and was a finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Nonfiction Narration.

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