I was highly impressed by this book. It describes the history of humans 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.
More importantly, this study truly makes you a more evolved human being as it talks about topics like money, religion and the whole society. It expands your mind to look at the world in a different way because it would help you to understand your place in the world and where we come from, how do we get here, what’s my place in the world, what’s going on right, and so on. I think these are the essential question that we all should ask.
The book gives a perspective on the current moment in human history. Of course, there are a lot of people with different perspectives and there is no something like global unity at the moment. Moreover, are surrounded by military conflicts in many regions. So I think this reading would really help you get out from us versus them. It would offer a broad perspective challenging your assumptions and would give you, basically, the long view of humans history until the present moment.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari
Size: 443 pages
Other information and reviews of this book on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23692271-sapiens
Other useful links:
Yuval Noah Harari’s website: https://www.ynharari.com
Yuval Noah Harari on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuval_Noah_Harari
Other great book about globalisation: The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman