From insignificant apes to rulers of the world, SAPIENS is a thrilling account of our extraordinary history.
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one –Us-Homo sapiens.
How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance?
Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms?
How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism?
And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?
Dr Yuval Noah Harari portrays the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions.
Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.
The book is bold, wide-ranging and provocative and it challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power … and our future.