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    One of the best books I’ve ever read.

    This is the story of Homo Sapiens, of the many revolutions through which we’ve passed, and the shared fictions we have constructed. A revelatory mix of history, sociology, philosophy, and economics, it kept making me pause to consider the implications of what was being discussed. I’ve never made so many highlights in my Kobo as I have with this book. It’s not flawless; there are occasional glib sentences, and the point about our maltreatment of animals is repeated too often. But I can overlook this because the book made me question some of my beliefs while informing, educating and entertaining me.
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    50% a jewel, 50 % a scam

    Very biased History of Humankind with heavy digressions over what the author embraced as life style choices, postulating that everything that matches with his personal point of view has to be taken as undoubtable truth, sometimes not propped up with scientific evidence, and often with lack of logic. E.g.: homosexuality being non-unnatural because it's enabled by biology, only condemned sometimes by cultures, and appreciated and praised in ancient Greece. So was paedophilia! - Frankly speaking I don't understand the need for this apology, given that, nowadays, no educated person would think that it's not "normal" (but what does that really mean?) to be gay - and guess what? The author is gay. He thrashes every possible religion calling them myths but Buddhism - and guess what? He practises a kind of meditation which roots into Buddhism. He despises the results of the Agricultural Revolution - and guess what? He's vegan. But the homosexuality, religion and/or vegetarianism quarrels are just some of the many such not-to-the-point topics. On the other hand, it's tremendously interesting when the deductions are based on proved facts and researches that the Author mentions and analyses. Overall, a massive let down, given its status of "global phenomenon"
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    Great ideas not the best referencing

    A great book to get you thinking about where history and science meet. Although there were some great ideas and points made, I thought that most points were generalisations and did not have enough referencing to back up the ideas or claims that were being made. A fun read nonetheless.
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    Worthy Reading

    As the author touches on so many aspects of humanity it is inevitable that they will encroach upon at least one of your areas of expertise and or interest, and you will find them less than a perfect expert and likely less than perfectly aligned with your opinion. Despite, no, because of that, you will find this book an interesting and suitably in-depth look at things from a refreshingly new angle. That it will find at least one way to offend every reader will prevent it becoming a classic, but I certainly do recommend that you give it a read.
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    I think Harari did an overall good job in explaining the history of the fellow Sapiens in just 400 pages. I find the book easy read and easy to understand. But i recommend supplimating with other history books.

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