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Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1) Paperback – Illustrated, 27 October 2020

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This appealing first volume elucidates often misunderstood basics of human evolution (i.e., that until 50,000 years ago, there used to be at least six species of humans) while also unraveling knotty existential questions about humanity's role on this planet. Young science enthusiasts and adult philosophers alike will want to pick up this smart, snappy work. -- Publishers Weekly

In a manner that is both playful and provocative, Harari teams with co-creators adept at the graphic format to enliven his academic studies....An informative, breathless sprint through the evolution and consequences of human development. -- Kirkus Reviews

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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 over 35 million copies in 65 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. This illustrated collection 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?


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial; Illustrated edition (27 October 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0063051338
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0063051331
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 20.47 x 1.8 x 27.64 cm
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Prof. Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His books have been translated into 65 languages, with 40 million copies sold worldwide. 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind' (2014) looked deep into our past, 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow' (2016) considered far-future scenarios, and '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' (2018) zoomed in on the biggest questions of the present moment. 'Sapiens: A Graphic History' (launched in 2020) is a radical adaptation of 'Sapiens' into a graphic novel series, which Harari created and co-wrote in collaboration with comics artists David Vandermeulen (co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (illustrator).

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Not only was the spine badly damaged but the front cover was dirty. Was meant to be a gift but I could not give it in this state. Very disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for visual learners but be warned
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 November 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars A panoramic view on human history, now in graphic form, but with the same flaws
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3.0 out of 5 stars A panoramic view on human history, now in graphic form, but with the same flaws
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 December 2021
This is a great graphic novel that combines a host of scientific, technological and anthropological disciplines. It reads exceptionally well, and the hardcover book is simply very nicely presented. The book served as a perfect present for my 11-year old bookworm who loves both history and graphic novels.
Now, I should say that I do have mixed feelings about the author and his Sapiens and Homo Deus books. On the one hand they cover a super broad scope and combine thousands of years of human experience, history and knowledge. In a sense it is phenomenal how Mr Harari cleverly combines a readable account that crosses many disciplines in to a fantastic narrative, that is frankly very entertaining.
However, you first of all will have to digest the authors agenda, his thoughts on animal suffering, his view on where humanity is heading, his assertion that hunter gathers were happier ect.
And then there are many assertions that are presented as a fact like how the agricultural revolution was detrimental to human wellbeing, his statement that Neanderthals ceased to exist because modern humans had superior cognitive abilities. Nevertheless most comes without evidencing research, nor is it supported by historical facts. This given that these books are so popular is a little troubling to say the least. Thirdly, perhaps because these are concepts that generally interest me, there was very little in these books and in this graphic novel that I didn’t know about, or did not intuitively know.
So it’s a great piece of pop-non-fiction. However it also serves as a one of the best examples that as a reader you should be suspicious of pseudo history that covers a broad range of disciplines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sapiens for teens
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 November 2020
The write up mentioned illustrations but disappointed to find that this is 100% illustrated, reminiscent of a comic book.
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