Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Cover
Harper Collins, 10.02.2015 - 464 Seiten

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 humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—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.

 

Was andere dazu sagen - Rezension schreiben

Bewertungen von Nutzern

5 Sterne
44
4 Sterne
38
3 Sterne
11
2 Sterne
2
1 Stern
5

LibraryThing Review

Nutzerbericht  - LyndaInOregon - LibraryThing

A thought-provoking and fascinating look at the history of the species, our multiple inventions -- from god to money to manipulations of our genetic code -- and fascinating speculations as to where ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

LibraryThing Review

Nutzerbericht  - Paul-the-well-read - LibraryThing

Wow! This is an excellent book. Harari tells the story of mankind, of homo Sapiens as opposed to the other species of Homo who once roamed the earth, sometimes in limited ranges, but who now are ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

The Cognitive Revolution
An Animal of No Significance
The Tree of Knowledge
A Day in the Life of Adam and
The Flood
The Agricultural Revolution
Historys Biggest Fraud
Building Pyramids
The Secret of Success
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

Memory Overload
There is No Justice in History
The Unification of Humankind
The Arrow of History
The Scent of Money
Imperial Visions
The Law of Religion
The End of Homo Sapiens
The Animal that Became a
Index
About the Author
Praise
Copyright

Andere Ausgaben - Alle anzeigen

Häufige Begriffe und Wortgruppen

Über den Autor (2015)

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Sapiens: A Graphic History. His books have sold 27.5 Million copies in 60 languages, and he is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. The Guardian has credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the non-fiction market and popularizing “brainy books”.

In 2020 Harari joined forces with renowned comics artists David Vandermeulen and Daniel Casanave, to create Sapiens: A Graphic History: a radical adaptation of the original Sapiens into a graphic novel series that is bursting with wit, humour and colour (to be launched fall 2020). This illustrated book casts Yuval Noah Harari in the role of guide, who takes the reader through the entire history of the human species, accompanied by a range of fictional characters and traveling through time, space and popular culture references.

Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1976, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He originally specialized in world history, medieval history and military history, and his current research focuses on macro-historical questions such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded? What ethical questions do science and technology raise in the 21st century?

Bibliografische Informationen