Sapiens : a brief history of humankind / Yuval Noah Harari.
By: Harari, Yuval N.Publisher: London : Vintage Books, [2015?]Description: x, 498 pages : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9780099590088 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): Human beings -- History | Evolution (Biology)DDC classification: 599.909
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This translation originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2014.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Timeline of history -- Part One. The cognitive revolution. An animal of no significance -- The tree of knowledge -- A day in the life of Adam and Eve -- The flood -- Part Two. The agricultural revolution. History's biggest fraud -- Building pyramids -- Memory overload -- There is no justice in history -- Part Three. The unification of humankind. The arrow of history -- The scent of money -- Imperial visions -- The law of religion -- The secret of success -- Part Four. The scientific revolution. The discovery of ignorance -- The marriage of science and empire -- The capitalist creed -- The wheels of industry -- A permanent revolution -- And they lived happily ever after -- The end of Homo sapiens -- Afterword: The animal that became a god
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. 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? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, 'Sapiens' challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future.
The global phenomenon. The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. The New York Times Top Ten Bestseller. Planet Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? In this bold and provocative book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here and where we're going. Sapiens is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age - and our journey from insignificant apes to rulers of the world. "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, author of Guns, Germs and Steel). Yuval's follow up to Sapiens, Homo Deus, is available now.
Translated from the Hebrew.