Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

SapiensThis is a physically heavy book but not a heavy read. For a non-fiction book, the author lightly covers the earliest era of humans, including Neanderthals, Homo erectus and Homo sapiens. I was hoping for more information before a time when Homo sapiens had a cognitive revolution and populated the globe. The author presents ideas of why sapiens moved in specific directions, i.e.: from hunters to foragers but does not give any alternatives as to the whys.

The author also links in subjects I would not have considered in the history of Humans, such as money, religion and science, but I did find these to be very interesting. There is a lot to think about as you read this book and while some may need more details and research, this book does allow the “average” reader to get a better understanding of our history. Dr. Harari leaves the reader with an intriguing thought and question for our continued existence. This can be a great book for discussions and may lead you into more investigations on your own.

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3 thoughts on “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

  1. This sounds like an interesting book so I have been meaning to pick it up. I watched a series of lectures with the author a few years ago and he spoke very passionately and knowledgeably about this topic. Have your investigations led you to other books you would recommend after reading this one?

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