Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari


By Yuval Noah Harari

  • Release Date: 2015-02-10
  • Genre: Life Sciences
Score: 4.5
From 2,333 Ratings


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.


  • Decent breakdown,bad research.

    By th3 3nl1ght3n3d 1
    A decent read on one views but there are more factual errors than actual facts. There are many things out of context to further his viewpoint on certain matters.
  • Some chapters incomplete, otherwise great

    By fractaldragon
    Well written. Makes me think. Formatting seems to have truncated some chapters.
  • Sapiens

    By Toosdaejb
    Enlightening and well scribed. Would enjoy a conversation with the author!
  • A deeply thought provoking book

    By Mental Provocation
    What I love about Sapiens is it’s context and perspective it equips you with. I feel as though once you finish this book it will be impossible for you to look at not just humans, but religion, government, money, industry and many others aspects of life in a fundamentally different way.
  • Great Start

    By mlj8096
    It started off really interesting and got really political. I’m a very left leaning individual and while I agree with a lot of the statements made by the author, I wanted to read a piece of unbiased factual history of humankind.
  • Close to perfect

    By elt223
    True to all Humans. Loved his honesty.
  • Beautiful

    By imanmedua
    I read this as a moving tale about the history of the human condition. A must read .
  • Hogwash

    By Diggin'Life
    I was drawn in by the apparent research and data-driven conclusions, but was soon disheartened by leaps in logic. I stopped reading the book when the author suggested that disadvantaged black Americans believed themselves to be inferior. I couldn’t read more. I was about 1/4 of the way through the book. Hogwash and drivel. Not worth the read.
  • Great book.

    By MadMeshal
    Great for anyone who is trying to understand how we got here from an evolutionary perspective. I enjoyed it.
  • Great but

    By khanhdmai
    There are some part need justification and elaboration. This come off so much personal viewpoint of an author. Even though it make sense