February 10, 2020

Sapiens- A Brief History of Humankind


Never in my wildest dream, I thought I’d say this, but my favorite book was written by a History lecturer who managed to become one of the most fabulous story-teller of our generation. Dr.Yuval Noah Harari, who has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Oxford, has become the single most important person in my life; by telling me the most essential tale that I thought I’ll never be exposed to. Sapiens- A brief history of Humankind is the first in the three-book series followed by Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. As the title suggests, the book scrutinizes the History of Humankind from the evolution of archaic human species in the stone age up to the 21st Century Homo Sapiens who conclusively rules the food chain. It was so distressing that I knew so little about our ancestors and their way of life. We are so consumed by the present that we forget our History. Yuval Noah Harari’s story is Highly engaging, Disturbingly Shocking, and Spectacular. I won’t be surprised if this book is compared/placed on par with great works of literature. The book is convincingly divided into four parts such as, [line]
  • Part One The Cognitive Revolution
  • Part Two The Agricultural Revolution
  • Part Three The Unification of Humankind
  • Part Four The Scientific Revolution [line]
Although we are exposed to what seems like a never-ending saga of atypical facts, the book manages to be an enjoyable read. There are a ton of fascinating stories that will change our perspective. In other words, it will widen the horizon of one’s mind. Sapiens questions everything, including our belief system, economy, power, even our thoughts. Yuval Noah Harari managed to cover a broad spectrum of topics from forager’s epic tale to a millennial’s astounding struggle of mapping the first human genome. How many of us know the story behind Limited Liability Companies (LLC), or Which civilization at first employed the use of ‘Money’ or How a forager society hunted? And why they settled in a place for the sake of Agriculture? , hierarchy in various cultures, etc. If any of these questions piqued your interest, then this book is for you. The public reception for this book is beneficially startling; however, few scholars question the mild exaggeration by the author. 

To conclude, this book is one hell of a Kohinoor for a Non-Fiction enthusiast.

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