Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind -Yuval Noah Harari

September 2, 2018

5 / 5 Stars


So very cleverly written, and so thought-provoking about human evolution.

This was one of those books that so many people recommended to me that I HAD to go out and buy a copy for myself. And I'm glad I did!


I was worried, given that it was on such a weighty subject, that it would be a bit dense and dry. However, that wasn't the case at all. In fact, I think the author's major strength is the ability to write engagingly and entertainingly, even when examining something as factual as the history of humanity. 

This book covers it all - from the early beginnings of man (and the flourishing of the agricultural revolution) to conquest, war and capitalism. Certain chapters were utterly engrossing; for example, the sections on economy were incredibly eye-opening (making me think 'how on earth does such a flimsy premise as credit actually work?') and likewise the notion of Europe's spread across the world, for better or worse (mostly for worse, let's be honest). 

This isn't an easy, flick-through-the-pages read, but it's so accessible and interesting that you'll probably be happy to invest the time in it. I shall be looking out for his other books now!

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