Sapiens a Brief History of Mankind – Book Review

Title:- Sapiens a Brief History of Mankind
Author:- Yuval Noah Harari
Published: – 2011 (in Hebrew), 2014 (in English)
Publisher: – Harper
Type of book: – History
Word difficulty:- Moderate

Introduction

Sapiens a brief history of mankind is a thought-provoking book which takes you on an odyssey first talking about human history, and the author brings confident inputs and paints enormous scenarios across the time and age that humans have lived through. It talks of brain and psychology and how genomes have evolved. Everything about this book is fascinating and flawed.

It talks about what is the terror of the ecosystem. It is a book about social scientists, and it touches upon the concept of premodern religion and diktats of the church. We are shown national boundaries and monks who studied religious and classical texts. The author is the most powerful mind of the century to which he belonged. This author also talks about the rule of law. There is also the talk of short-sighted reductionism.

The title of the book suggests that the book is about the history of mankind.

When you look at the introduction of the book, you would find much to agree and disagree about in the book. The presentation and the preface talk about ideas such as God, freedom, and human rights.

The table of contents starts with the big bang theory, how different brains are different, the psychology of humans, agricultural revolution, the origin of Islam, capitalism, rise in industries, the story of the success of humankind and more, and thus the book develops into a worth read.

Key points as you read the entire book:

The author takes a unique point of view and asserts things such as evolution was not linear. It is propaganda. The views taken in this book are pretty straight forward.

I completely agree with the point of view taken in this book. It has changed the view of people, including me, talk about things. I think this book should become part of the school curriculum.

This is also a good book about how people see things as far as humanity is concerned. I think it is the best book ever written. This is a book about superpowers.

The passages that you can quote from this book are different theorems such as Christianity and Islam. The cultural themes have been covered. This book asserts that culture only forbids what is illegal and what should not be done.

This book is written in formal terms but also tends towards the informal and fits the bill which is ideal for audiences. The concepts of this book are well defined. The language is clear, concise, and well used.

This is the book about how mankind rules the world because he or she believes in things that exist only in his imagination. He believes in God, boundaries of states, in money and the rights of people. This is a provocative idea and one known only to the human species.

This book takes an entirely fresh perspective on this notion. This book asserts that money is the root cause of all relationships, and it is the only thing in the world, which makes people believe in different principles.

The ideas are not flattering but still can be important to know. Yes, the book has footnotes, and they talk of Dadaism. The book talks of data and sees the entire human race as a single data processing unit. The book talks of power and where all the power has gone, and the computing power of all the human race.

The index flow of this book is very good, and the book is divided into four parts and has an afterword, and then there are notes and image credits. The book uses both primary and secondary sources. What happens with this book is that it gives you a fascinating account of the rainbow being just a geometric arc.

The book accomplishes every theory that it takes and even things such as why Americans are healthier, happier, and more active than Iranians and even things such as freedom of information. The exciting thing about this book is that it lacks a bibliography.

More thoughts on this book

If I were to tell you about the book that I read and not the book that the author wrote, then it can be said that I took this book to teach me every angle about spirituality. I loved the part about how every soul is divine, and all souls are equal before God.

This book also dispels the myths about creation and souls and Christianity. The book teaches that each should be treated at par. It teaches about pleasure and that biologically not all are equal, but in status and God’s eyes, we are.

This belief would make the society at par. We might be different in skin color and be blacks or whites, but we are all equal in all other terms. But, evolution remains true. No human is superior, and no human is inferior. This can be called the evolution of morality.

What is manhood and what is womanhood depends upon our own beliefs and imagination, and there was nothing like this in God’s plans? The function that is assigned to a woman, such as giving birth is not a concept that God planned, and there is nothing like homosexuality is a disease or something that can contaminate.

I learned the ultimate good aspect of God that got talked about in the book. I also learned that the world could exist without money and that it is no harm to remain atheistic. This is not just another book, but one must read and the book is enlightening.

Yuval Noah Harari got his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 2002. At present, he is mainly a lecturer in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professor Harari is the winner of two awards, which is the 2009 and 2012, which are the society for military history moncado award, and both times this award was for outstanding articles on military history.

It was in 2017 that the author won the prize Handelsblatt’s German economic book award for his book is the most thoughtful and influencing financial book of the year award. It is the main idea that ideas can be passed down from one generation to another.

Whether it is a book that you are buying as a librarian for your school students, or it is an educated parent who wishes to read this book aloud for his daughter or son, this book would do you right.

Gautama is the favorite character of mine from the book, and I have felt the same thing that the character feels which is when he says that if we have full knowledge of the truth, then there is no room for unpleasantness.

This was my favorite part of the book, and I did not find any least favorite part of the book. I would not wish to change any part of the book. I would recommend this book to my best friends.

An intellectual in a serious frame of mind would like this book because this book speaks of a lot of cultures and civilizations, and the narrative is unique, the justifications used are astounding. It talks of fictional aspects in a human’s life is modern-day humans, and it tells of how human beings have been causing destructions and deviances all their life.

It also reveals that nature can be harmed through industrializations. This book is a historic event in the life of the readers. This book talks about everything on a massive scale. The best part of this book is that it ends on the note of happiness and patriarchy.

It is lovable that the book makes you look at rivers, mountains, and gods and corporations and lets us form different beliefs, and we keep doing that until we die.

This book talks about the collective imagination of all humans. The key to happiness is not in pursuing some emotions and avoiding others, but in facing the truth and nothing but the truth. Satisfaction is within, and not to be trapped in feelings is the idea of happiness. For instance, the laborers who made the Egyptian pyramids found joy in the building.

Conclusion

The book touched upon the ascent from the hairless tailless ape to the modern and technological age. It is then that the humans moved on to rule the world. Thus this became the capitalist world.  This book is fantastic from the word to go.

It is excellent the way the text moves from one theme and shoots down one idea to another, which is male aggression, male strength, and male desire for competition. The fun part of this book is that the author always maintains logical air.

The book also touched upon the theme of servant leadership. It teaches you the art of subtle manipulation. The book so far has sold one million copies. The author is a homosexual and is married to Itzik Yahav, who also happens to be the personal manager of the author. The couple lives in Jerusalem. Initially, the author is from Israel.  

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