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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Hardcover – 4 September 2014

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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

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

Sapiens is packed with heretical thinking and surprising facts. This riveting, myth-busting book cannot be summarised in any detail; you will simply have to read it -- John Gray ― Financial Times

Here is a simple reason why
Sapiens has risen explosively to the ranks of an international best-seller. 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

What’s unique about Harari’s take is that he focuses on the power of stories and myths to bring people together... I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history...
Harari tells our history in such an approachable way that you’ll have a hard time putting it down -- Bill Gates

What makes it so
interesting and provocative is that because it’s such a condensed sweeping history it talks about some core things that have allowed us to build this extraordinary civilisation that we take for granted, but weren’t a given, and it gives you a sense of perspective in how briefly we’ve been on this Earth -- Barack Obama ― CNN

Sapiens is the sort of book that sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain. Its author, Yuval Noah Harari, is a young Israeli academic and an intellectual acrobat whose logical leaps have you gasping with admiration...Harari's writing radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new -- John Carey ― The Sunday Times

Unbelievably good book. Jaw dropping from the first word to the last. ―
Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2

A rare book...thrilling and breathtakingObserver

Harari is able to be as refreshingly clear in his discussions of biology, of evolutionary anthropology and of economics as he is of historical trends…
Stick with him and you learn a lotDaily Telegraph

Reading it is like having a mental massage, cold shower and brisk workout, and all in the comfort of your own home -- Esther Rantzen ― Mail on Sunday

Full of shocking and wondrous storiesSunday Times

Consistently engaging…Harari writes prose that leaps from the page. His broad sweep, collating philosophy, science, history and economics, creates moments of eyebrow-raising revelation for a reader from any background ― New Statesman

Sapiens is a
fast-paced, witty and challenging romp through 70,000 years of human history...I did love it, and if you are interested in the whole story of humankind, I'm confident that you will love it too ― Literary Review

Provocative and fascinating and opinionated…it makes the familiar seem unfamiliar.
It altered how I view our species and our world. -- Mohsin Hamid ― Guardian

Harari delivers a boldly synthesized account of
Homo sapiens' rise through the hominin ranks...A view of our ascent as nasty, brutish, long - and endlessly fascinatingNature

Harari can write. Not in the sense that most authors can...
But really, really write, with wit, clarity, elegance and a wonderful eye for metaphorThe Times

Provocative, thrilling erudite… One of the year’s most talked-about booksMetro

Its breadth is startling... It changes the way you look at the world and few books tick that box. -- Simon Mayo ―
Daily Express

Probably
the most ambitious history book of the year. Certainly the most thought-provoking -- Dan Jones ― Evening Standard - Books of the Year

About the Author

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 sixty languages worldwide. It was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and was in the Top Ten for over nine months in paperback. 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'. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, was a Number One Bestseller and was described by Bill Gates as 'fascinating' and 'crucial'. Harari worked closely with renowned comics illustrator Daniel Casanave and co-writer David Vandermeulen to create his latest book, an adaptation of his first bestseller, Sapiens Graphic Novel: Volume 1.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harvill Secker (4 September 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 456 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1846558239
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1846558238
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.7 x 4 x 24 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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