Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (2014)

E5B64959-2B09-4614-886C-EDFB16192585This excellent book takes an in-depth look at how the history of Humankind has been greatly influenced by three major evolutionary revolutions. The evidence the author offers is based on DNA fossil studies and other recent scientific findings. The book is broken down into four parts: 1. The Cognitive Revolution, 2. The Agricultural Revolution, 3. The Unification of Mankind, and 4. The Scientific Revolution, and it follows the development of our species from the time of the Big Bang to present day.

Part 1 offers a new way of understanding the early evolution of Homo Sapiens, not just in a biological sense, but it also includes an interesting social and ecological aspect. In Part 2, the author discusses how new ideas dramatically changed the way in which our ancient ancestors lived their daily lives, establishing the foundation for how we live today. Part 3 exams how all of the various cultures around the world have transformed over time and what transpired to effect such changes. And lastly, Part 4 describes how the world’s investment into science and technology took Humankind into a new direction of development that profoundly altered our lives. This section also hints at the possibilities of where we might be headed in the future.

Despite the subject matter, this was an easy and fascinating read. The book is well-written and very informative without reading like a stuffy textbook. It is thought provoking, and it includes interesting historical photographs throughout the book. I would recommend this book to everyone. However, I believe those with a keen interest in wanting to understand the intricate details of how our species began and why things are the way they are today, would especially appreciate this book.

2 comments

  1. The book sounds like a great read! Your review is very well written and tells me exactly what I would want to know before deciding if I want to grab that book. Thanks so much !!

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