I was highly impressed by this book. It describes the story of humankind which was pioneered by Paleolithic proto-humans. Yuval Noah Harari, the author of the book, focusses on the three major revolutions of our history – cognitive, agricultural and scientific. The book describes why we are the chosen ones by explaining the role of domestication of fire which played a gigantic role in our evolution. It explains how we have mastered our surroundings, increased food production, built cities, established and ruined empires and created trade networks. I don’t want to spoil the content but have to say that I was really surprised by chapters about religions and the agricultural revolution. Now I also understand why the Dutch had their significant role in colonialism (sorry for my ignorance). I also enjoyed many sociological disquisitions on happiness, meaningful life and satisfaction.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari
Complexity of ideas
Size: 443 pages
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