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 humanityA??s creation and evolutionA??a #1 international bestsellerA??that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be A??human.A?
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only oneA??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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"Harari provides a one-hundred-thousand-year history of science and human evolution. Derek Perkins narrates as the author describes the six varieties of human species, the major genetic mutations that took place, and the interbreeding that ultimately resulted in the humans we are today. Clearly and succinctly, Perkins explains the complex changes in the physical, mental, and emotional attributes of Sapiens and discusses how Sapiens and Neanderthals interacted with each other. As Perkins tackles this complex history of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific changes that converged to make us human, Perkins's meticulous pace is perfect. His skill allows listeners to absorb each fact and ruminate about these complex evolutionary theories. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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