Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

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?

First of all, I’d say that this book should be read by the open minded, by those who can accept certain views and theories about us that not everyone can stomach. From sexuality to economics to religion and almost everything in between, Sapiens is the kind of book that challenges your beliefs about what it means to be human.

It is a refreshing read. It is quite interesting. And it is well worth a try.

Of course, like I previously said, there are parts in this book that you’ll wish wouldn’t be true. That the society we built for ourselves is far from perfect, far from ideal, and that we are still to understand who we were and how we ended up being who we are now.


3 thoughts on “Book Review: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

  1. In order to know where you’re going, you have to understand where you’ve been. That applies to individuals, and I’m sure it applies to us as a species. . May have to pick this up, and check it out.

    • I highly recommend it. Fascinating, to say the least. Especially when it comes to the way we had to create certain “stories” in order for us to cooperate on a greater level than that of a tribe.

  2. I picked this up from the library and plan on reading it after I finish the current book “On Killing” by Lt Col D Crossman – it talks about man through history – using war as the object lesson – and how current culture is conditioning us to overcome the normal reluctance to harm others.

    I enjoy perusing your book reviews…

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