Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind


Today's post is on Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. It is 464 pages long including notes and is published by HarperCollins. The cover is white with the title in red and human fingerprint above it. The intended reader is someone who is interested in human history, science, and culture. There is no language, talk of sex and violence, and some disturbing content like about how animals are treated. Older teens and adult only is for the best. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book Fire made us dangerous. Gossip helped us cooperate. Agriculture made us hungry for more. Mythology maintained law and order. Money gave us something everyone can trust. Contradictions created culture. Science made us the masters of creation. And non of these made us happy. This is the trilling account of our extraordinary history- from insignificant apes to rulers of the world.

Review- This was a very interesting and well written book. Harari gives the reader the beginnings of humankind all the way to present day. He talks about the different things that helped humankind survive and what we have done with that survival. He talks about all the different ways that we affect the world around us, both bad and good. There some philosophy, religion, and other cultural things but this book is mostly about the revolutions that humankind has experienced. Like the agricultural revolution that made us from hunter/gathers into farmers and all that had meant since. Harari talks about gender, sex, how we eat, what we think about, and how happiness has escaped us. Like all good philosophy books he does not give any answers, wanting the reader to make their own mind about what he was presented. I recommend this book.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I was given this book by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.