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Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari


A Brief History of Humankind


Published: 1st May 2015
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Yuval Harari's international bestseller is a thrilling account of humankind's extraordinary history - from insignificant apes to rulers of the world

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. 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?

In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries 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.

'Here is a simple reason why Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international bestseller. 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

About the Author

‘I encourage all of us, whatever our beliefs, to question the basic narratives of our world, to connect past developments with present concerns, and not to be afraid of controversial issues.'

Dr. Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. His research focuses on broad questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded?

65,000 people have signed up to his online course, A Brief History of Humankind. Sapiens is an international bestseller and is being published in more than 30 languages worldwide. In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.


Informative and well written


Give well written and thought provoking recap of humans thus far



An informative and thought provoking read


Though provoking and informative. Deals well with the key issues in the development of mankind





I purchased this gift for my son in law..

Howlong NSW


A good read overall


I bought this book for my husband who said that overall it is an interesting read. However at times the author makes sweeping statements about cultural views and perceptions without factual data when it comes to aboriginal cultures around the world



Must read. . .for everyone!


This is a brilliant book which provides a different and provocative view on who we are and how we came to be. That might sound heavy and worthy, but the book is actually a delight to read. I have recommended it and given it as a gift to almost everyone I know. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't enjoy reading Sapiens. It should be a set text in high school - if that wouldn't ruin it along with all those other books we disliked because we were made to read them!



Sapiens is a banquet


Open Sapiens at any random page and you have a discussion that can last for hours. A most interesting book I highly recommended. Interestingly the author refers to Sapiens as 'she' which is a nice touch

Sydney Australia


Brilliant book.


Most people should read this. Fantastic.



Mind blown!!!!!


This book distills the evolution of 'man' from the first point of our existence up to what happens next in a very clear and concise way. Easy to read and understand (which is great because there are some very heavy ideas explored). If you are interested in anything related to who we are, what we are and why we are, you will love this book.



Intersting read....


Good night read before sleep...

Baldivis WA


I could not put it down! LOVED every chapter!


I have read this book cover to cover while on a family vacation in Hawaii - I simply could not put it down - to the point that my family members had to drag me away from my book. This is very comprehensive, easy to read and captivating history of human kind from the earliest humanoid species, to the exctinction of all other humanoid species (e.g. the Neanderthals) and all the way to the modern-day nationalism, racism, fascism, capitalism and to (then) current World financial crisis. I would recommend this book to any critical thinker or anyone interested to understand why we live and act the way we do today. I'm buying the audio version of this book to listen to it in the car!

Brisbane, Australia



4.5 22


"I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species" * Bill Gates *
"Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth" * Barack Obama *
"Jaw-dropping from the first word to the last... It may be the best book I've ever read" * Chris Evans *
"Tackles the biggest questions of history and the modern world... Written in unforgettably vivid language" * Jared Diamond *
"Startling... It changes the way you look at the world" * Simon Mayo *
"Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating" * Sunday Express *
"One of the best books I've read recently... Gives an excellent overview of how our species has developed" * Lily Cole *
"Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain... Radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new" * Sunday Times *

Yuval Noah Harari

Prof Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. 

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international phenomenon attracting a legion of fans from Bill Gates and Barack Obama to Chris Evans and Jarvis Cocker, and is published in over forty-five languages worldwide. 
His follow-up to Sapiens, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow was also a Top Ten Bestseller and was described by the Guardian as "even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens."

Visit Yuval Noah Harari's Booktopia Author Page

ISBN: 9780099590088
ISBN-10: 0099590085
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st May 2015
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1