Length: 498 pages
Audiobook Length: 15 hours and 18 minutes
First Published: 2011
In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans 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, palaeontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?
Quotes from Sapiens
One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations.
Consistency is the playground of dull minds.
History is something that very few people have been doing while everyone else was ploughing fields and carrying water buckets.
There are no gods, no nations, no money and no human rights, except in our collective imagination.
About Yuval Noah Harari
Professor Harari was born in Haifa, Israel, to Lebanese parents in 1976. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is now a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Visit the author’s website →