What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us Sapiens? This bestselling history of our species challenges everything we know about being human.
I encourage all of us, whatever our beliefs, to question the basic narratives of our world, to connect past developments with present concerns, and not to be afraid of controversial issues. Dr Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. His research focuses on broad questions, such as- What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded? 65,000 people have signed up to his online course, A Brief History of Humankind. Sapiens is an international bestseller and is being published in more than 30 languages worldwide. In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines.
"I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who's interested in the history and future of our species" * Bill Gates * "Interesting and provocative... It gives you a sense of how briefly we've been on this Earth" * Barack Obama * "Jaw dropping from the first word to the last... It may be the best book I've ever read" * Chris Evans * "Tackles the biggest questions of history and the modern world... Written in unforgettably vivid language" * Jared Diamond * "Startling... It changes the way you look at the world" * Simon Mayo * "Sapiens is a starburst of a book, as enjoyable as it is stimulating" * Sunday Express * "One of the best books I've read recently... Gives an excellent overview of how our species has developed" * Lily Cole * "Sweeps the cobwebs out of your brain... Radiates power and clarity, making the world strange and new" * Sunday Times *