Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari audiobook

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

By Yuval Noah Harari
Read by Derek Perkins

HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780062316110
15.30 Hours Unabridged
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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.

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Summary

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New York Times bestseller

An Amazon Best Books of the Year Selection for 2015

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Sheds light on the biggest breakthroughs in the human story…important reading for serious-minded, self-reflective sapiens.” Washington Post
“I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history.” Bill Gates
“Tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language.” Jared Diamond, New York Times bestselling author
“One of the exceptional works of nonfiction that is both highly intellectual and compulsively readable.” Library Journal (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Yuval Noah Harari

Author Bio: Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari, New York Times bestselling author, has twice won the Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality, as well as the Society for Military History’s Moncado Award for outstanding articles in military history. He received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002 and is a lecturer in the department of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He specializes in world history, medieval history, and military history. In 2012 he was elected to the Young Israeli Academy of Sciences.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 15.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English