Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

By Yuval Noah Harari
Read by Derek Perkins

14.90 Hours 02/21/2017 unabridged
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Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague, and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little, more people die from old age than from infectious diseases, and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists, and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonald’s than from being blown up by al-qaeda. What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet Earth, what destinies will we set ourselves and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

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Summary

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New York Times Bestseller

Washington Post Top 10 Book That We Loved

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, Editor's Top Pick for February 2017

Over the past century, humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague, and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little, more people die from old age than from infectious diseases, and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists, and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonald’s than from being blown up by al-qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet Earth, what destinies will we set ourselves and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Derek Perkins narrates the audiobook with an authentic excitement that engages listeners…Perkins projects Harari’s passion for his subject matter, and in doing so, keeps listeners engaged with the author’s fascinating and enlightening findings. Science enthusiasts will undoubtedly devour this audiobook, while others may wish Perkins had taught their high school science class.” AudioFile
“Provocative…the handiwork of a gifted thinker.” New York Times
“[A] great book…not only alters the way you see the world after you’ve read it, it also casts the past in a different light.” Mail on Sunday (London)
“Essential reading for those who think about the future.” New York Times Book Review
“Provocatively explores what the future may have in store for humans in this deeply troubling book…Harari paints with a very broad brush throughout, but he raises stimulating questions about both the past and the future.” Publishers Weekly

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Author

Author Bio: Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Noah Harari has published numerous books and articles, and Sapiens has become an international bestseller. He 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 macrohistorical questions. He 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.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Science
Runtime: 14.90
Audience: Adult
Edition: English