Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
The book takes you back to the beginning of time, the beginning of Homo-Sapiens (Human Beings). In the book, you will realise that humans weren’t the first intellectual species to exist. There were other species existing either simultaneously or before us, humans came about.
The book questions how and why did we dominate the other species and how did we survive and how the other species became extinct? What were the superpowers that we had and what the other species lacked because of which we have survived?
The book gives us an insight into how we started marking territories, claiming power and more. The book is an elaborate history into the birth of humans, present-day humans and what might become of us. The book discusses in depth about every aspect of the changes that we humans went through in our bodies and minds to be where we are today. The books make you question humans actions, question the history we know of, and question our belief system.
The author has been very bold in his writing and has put forward what he thinks is the history of Human beings. He has written the book in a manner where even a non-academic is able to understand the difficult concepts he is trying to discuss. Simple writing for a complicated subject matter. The book is written in such a way that you feel like it’s a thriller revealing new things to you with every page you turn even though it’s a non-fiction.
The book is fast-paced as it builds curiosity to know more, but human history is a lot to cover in one single book. The author has tried to cover the history of different races as we know today but I’m pretty sure there is more out there that the author has not covered and that we are not completely aware of.
The book is an eye-opener and gives new insight into the major revolutions in the history of mankind. The author believes the three revolutions: The cognitive revolution, the agricultural revolution, and the scientific revolution have shaped Homo-Sapiens today.
The author goes on to give us an explanation of evolution. How we humans became a species who suddenly stood erect from being on all four limbs. He tells us the interactions between different species and how we eventually dominated the other species.
The most interesting parts of the book for me was when the author gave an explanation and insight into how our body transformed as we became more intelligent beings. He tells us how we humans have changed biologically, from developing the new body parts to losing the old ones. The author writes in the book that language played a major role in the dominance of Homo sapiens. The author without bias discusses different theories that have existed with respect to certain revolutions and what might be the most logical explanation to them.
From the initial chapters of the book, the author questions religion, God and many other things that we humans believe in passionately. Throughout the book, the author will time and again shatter your strong belief system. The author believes that present-day humans live in a dual reality, the one that is true and the one that is imagined, and the imagined reality has taken over us.
One of the most fascinating things that the author discusses in the book is to connect everything, connect all the extinct species to the present day humans. No matter which part of the world one is he has a connection to the kind of species we are and he even comments of the different vegetation’s and its relation to humans.
The author makes bold statements like calling the Agricultural revolution a fraud and goes on to explain why. Throughout the book, I was shocked, surprised and quite intrigued to know more. The book is not something you can finish in one read but it’s also hard to put down. It’s definitely a book that must be read by all humans, whether you like what you read or not, it definitely opens up your eyes to see the world in a new vision. By the end of the book, you will question everything you know and human behaviour in general.
In short, the book covers everything you need to know about human beings: evolution, empires, different revolutions, psychology, anthropology, ideology, religion, science, money and more.
If you are someone who is curious to know the history of human beings and cannot find a non-academic book, you can start by reading this book.
About the Author :
Yuval Noah Harari is born on 24 February 1976. He is an Israeli historian and a professor in the department of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an author of some of the bestselling books, Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind, Homo Deus: A brief history of tomorrow and 21 lessons for the 21st century. Harari has won the Polonsky Prize twice for his Creativity and Originality.