I first “met” Yuval Noah Harari in a TED talk last year. He was talking about Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide. I like him and his ideas. Very interesting and compelling. I didn’t know at the time he was a writer. By accident, I found his book.
I read it entirely in 2 days. Love it.
It is a comprehensive visual of the mankind. Several sub subjects are in my top interest subjects, like religion (in a scientific perspective), politics, economics and scientific advances. It dedicate several initial chapters explaining what we know about the origin of our own species. The point when we forked our hereditary tree from other primates and from other man-like species, like Neanderthals (in fact, he argues that it is not exactly like this). It is a 50000+ years analysis of the importance of agriculture, language and religion. The origin of states. It is mind blowing.
Then he enters in a revision of the know history, also, focusing one layer at time. He explains why the Homo Sapiens because the rulers of the planet Earth. Why we managed to be so successful. The book is very centered on religion and religion-like lines of through, like capitalism (yes… very thought provoking).
The book is mostly founded on science and data. But also on plausible extrapolations and reasoning. And his writing style is quite convincing.
It is not an accident it is a best seller. It is not an accident it is a loved book by many.
Simple: READ IT.
My Grades: 10