Sapiens Summary

New York Times Bestseller

A Summer Reading Pick for President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg

From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

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? And what may happen to us?

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that 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.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?

Featuring 27 photographs, 6 maps, and 25 illustrations/diagrams, this provocative and insightful work is sure to spark debate and is essential reading for aficionados of Jared Diamond, James Gleick, Matt Ridley, Robert Wright, and Sharon Moalem.

Book Reviews


Woof.1 star

This book is Jordan Peterson levels of bad.15


Disappointing1 star

Fights against the case for belief in God without making any fundamentally sound arguments. Fancy-words, but a philosophical waste of time.15


Reading it now!!! 🤯🤯🤯5 star

Amazing book and authors perspective is amazingly objective.55

Anonymus__🤗love 25

It was good4 star

It was good Highly recommended Some….unnecessary parts and paragraphs45

Mike Ellerbrock

Great Read5 star

Great take on the past, present and future of mankind55

lester the cactus wren

Loose2 star

Interesting beginning but devolved and I lost interest. Feels like talking to my teenage kid rather than a proper non-fiction work of history or anthropology. Many unsupported claims.25


Thought provoking with missed details4 star

Great overview. Missed some details but thought provoking45

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Enlightening5 star

Good explanation of how we ended up here.55


The Human Condition5 star

If you yearn to have a better understanding of the human condition, Sapiens is a must read.55


Amazing5 star

Brilliant book.55

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