Ian Morris

What’s the Story?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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In March, I spent four days in Israel, talking to archaeologists and historians. ‘You have to read this book by Harari,’ people kept telling me. ‘You’ll love it.’

They were right. Sapiens is a fast-paced, witty and challenging romp through 70,000 years of human history, beautifully translated by the author himself, a young Israeli historian, from the original Hebrew bestseller. It is full of memorable lines and major insights. Even the pictures are perfectly chosen (I particularly liked the pairing of Louis XIV and Barack Obama). I did love it, and if you are interested in the whole story of humankind, I’m confident that you will love it too.

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