Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
I heard Yuval interviewed on Radio National and was inspired to read this non-fiction book – the first I’ve read in quite a while. Absolutely fantastic! It marked the beginning of a series of wonderful non-fiction reads. I’m now a fan.
One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? Not too hard to guess.
This book begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.
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