SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND by YUVAL NOAH HARARI — Book Review

The glowing recommendation

SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND by YUVAL NOAH HARARI was published in 2014. It has become one of the international best-sellers and highly rated as well on Goodreads (4.44/5.00). So much so, sale hit 8 million copies by 2017 and translated into nearly 50 languages.

The book is cleverly written and reads like a fascinating novel. Hence, making the book easy to digest by making complex information seems simple and relatable.

Some even suggest that the book filled them a sense of wonder.

This particular piece was recommended by Barack Obama, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.

Here is what they said,

“I would recommend Sapiens to anyone who’s interested in the history and future of our species”

Bill Gates on SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND by YUVAL NOAH HARARI

“Interesting and provocative… It gives you a sense of how briefly we’ve been on this Earth”

Barack Obama on SAPIENS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND by YUVAL NOAH HARARI

The Cons for Sapiens

But the review was not all positive, here we shared some of the noteworthy negative reviews on the book.

“The main aim of the book is to present a readable and concise historical summary of the progress of human evolution in so few pages (512 pages). Hence Harari limited its content to what he considers to be the biggest life-changing development of humanity.”

Conclusion

The book seems to be nice reading material, an information pack for a light read. Will I buy it? Maybe, and maybe I’ll share my notes once I read them.

Nonetheless, the review is good, the negative reviews of the book seems logic, but maybe not entirely deserved. I personally don’t think it was meant to be a complete historical summary of human evolution.

But rather, an introduction.

If you’ve read the book, please share your experience of it in the comment section below. If you want to buy one, you can check it out by clicking the link below.

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Author: Muhamad Aarif

A notorious book addict by night and an oil and gas executive by day. As Mark Twain said, "The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." So, read, read, and read some more.

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