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Sapiens by Yuval N. Harari
Sapiens
by Yuval N. Harari
From a renowned historian comes a groundbreaking narrative of humanity’s creation and evolution—a #1 international bestseller—that explores the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be “human.”

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book that begins about 70,000 years ago with the appearance of modern cognition. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

Dr. Harari also compels us to look ahead, because over the last few decades humans have begun to bend laws of natural selection that have governed life for the past four billion years. We are acquiring the ability to design not only the world around us, but also ourselves. Where is this leading us, and what do we want to become?
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The Company of Strangers by Paul Seabright
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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
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American Pastoral by Philip Roth
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Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann
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Nemesis by Philip Roth
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Becoming by Michelle Obama
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Germinal by Emile Zola
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
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Baudolino by Umberto Eco