Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari, Reviewed.


Subtitled, ‘A Brief History of Humankind’, ‘Sapiens’ is a work of extraordinary scholarship presented in very readable form. There’s a great deal of humour here, carrying the message. The whole text is readily accessible without any dumbing down.

Thought-provoking, mind-enhancing, terrifying, encouraging and illuminating, this piece of work encompasses many disciplines. It examines human endeavour and attempts, very successfully, to explain what we, Homo Sapiens, are, were, and may become. The author is one of that rare class of intellectuals: a true visionary.

We live in a world divided and split by myth, theory, prejudice and ignorance. Here is a book that should be part of every senior school curriculum in every nation on Earth. A book that should be used as the basis for social education. A book to be discussed and used as a stimulus for original thought and imaginative analysis.

I’d go so far as to say that this book could alter the course of history and help humanity avoid the inevitability of decline and self-destruction. This is a vital, inspiring, comprehensive and concise commentary on what Homo Sapiens has done and may do in the future. It is an essential read. Please buy, beg, borrow or, if you must, steal a copy, and read it!

4 thoughts on “Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari, Reviewed.

  1. I’m currently reviewing the books I read whilst away on holiday, so be prepared for a few more, AnnMarie. As luck would have it, they were all good reads, so your ‘to read’ list may grow a bit. Sorry!


  2. Scholarship…academia often written out in long-winded pages – Sapiens sounds quite tempting.
    I’m currently reading, Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I enjoy Miss Goodwin’s writing style for the very reasons you list above. She’s created a Lincoln bio that is both captivating and warm…

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    1. Sapiens is an easy read, in the sense that the information is served in entertaining bits that are generally easily digested. And the humour makes for an entirely different experience from that generally endured when reading work from academics. I think you’d enjoy and appreciate this book, AnnMarie.


      1. Stopping by your site is dangerous, Stuart. I want to read every book you review.
        Sapiens does sound enchanting and I love humour 🙂
        Besides reading the Lincoln bio, I’m also reading, Luckiest Girl Alive for my book club – somewhat like, Girl on a Train – lots of psychos mucking about…I think I prefer Lincoln 🙂

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