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Sapiens A Graphic History, Volume 1: The Birth of Humankind by [Yuval Noah Harari, David Vandermeulen, Daniel Casanave]

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[A] wonderful graphic novel... Smart, funny and dipped deep in the reality of what we as a species are... Crammed with the details that made the original so jaw-dropping and essential.Big Issue *Books of the Year*

The best-selling book by Yuval Noah Harari has been beautifully adapted into a graphic novel just in time for Christmas. The story of humankind is told through the delicate illustrations, bringing science and history together to help us understand how Homo sapiens came to inhabit the Earth. -- Amy Barrett ― BBC Science Focus Magazine

In case there's any household in the nation that doesn't yet own a copy of Yuval Noah Harari's zillion-selling Sapiens...there's now a zippy new digest of the book in comics form... An imaginative and prankish gallop through human prehistory. Spectator

Fantastic... Even more approachable than the original book. -- Kathryn Gempf ― Chemistry World

Bringing that fascinating story of our collective history to life in an entirely new way... [Sapiens Graphic Novel is] action-packed... Brilliantly funny. -- Jenny Brewer ― It's Nice That

Lively, engaging... Transforms humanity's complex evolutionary story into something accessible enough for anyone to enjoy.BBC History Magazine

Shortly before the pandemic, I read Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. It's not an exaggeration to say I've thought of it every day since. -- Curtis Sittenfeld ― Guardian

[Sapiens] has been one of the most spectacular publishing successes of the past decade. -- Killian Fox ― Observer

Harari's out-of-the-box thinking is arguably his greatest strength... These theories are what moves history forward, and what makes the book so engaging for an astonishing number of people. -- Katherine Prentice ― Glasgow Guardian

Sapiens is an epic history of humankind, at once readable and wise and compelling and thought-provoking... A breath of fresh air. Bookmunch --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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The first volume of the graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari's global phenomenon and smash Sunday Times #1 bestseller, with gorgeous full-colour illustrations and a beautiful package - the perfect gift for the curious beings in your life --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08FR41GS8
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Vintage Digital; 1st edition (12 November 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 105323 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
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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
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2021
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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
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 December 2021
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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
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 October 2021
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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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