Friday, February 19, 2016

Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

Oh, but this was brilliant! It was even more brilliant than everyone says, though I wouldn't have thought that possible considering the praise that has already been heaped upon it.

Harari dauntlessly broaches major issues from a scientific point of view, retracing human history from Neanderthals onward. 
He is not, of course, the first to do so. Yet the perspective was so new to me that reading this felt like entering a familiar room from a hitherto unknown door : Mindboggling!

Numerous examples from various periods in world history (and Harry Potter) forwarded in an entertaining, knowledgeable still lightweight and accessible style obviously added to the reading experience. 

Brilliant, then! Brilliant!

Plus : A very ambitious website containing a MOOC (massive open online course) in broken English.

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