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Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1) by [Yuval Noah Harari]

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Sapiens a brief History of Humankind Sapiens: A Graphic History Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari homo deus
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Sapiens: A Graphic History, Vol. 1 Sapiens: A Graphic History, Vol. 2 Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind explores what it means to be 'human,' and the ways that biology and history have defined us. Featuring 256 pages of full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. This second volume of Sapiens: A Graphic History focuses on the Agricultural Revolution—when humans fell into a trap we’ve yet to escape: working harder and harder with diminishing returns. Harari turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

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"This appealing first volume elucidates often misunderstood basics of human evolution (i.e., that until 50,000 years ago, there used to be at least six species of humans) while also unraveling knotty existential questions about humanity’s role on this planet. Young science enthusiasts and adult philosophers alike will want to pick up this smart, snappy work." -- Publishers Weekly

"In a manner that is both playful and provocative, Harari teams with co-creators adept at the graphic format to enliven his academic studies....An informative, breathless sprint through the evolution and consequences of human development." --
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About the Author

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindHomo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and Sapiens: A Graphic History. His books have sold over 35 million copies in 65 languages, and he is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals today. The Guardian has credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the non-fiction market and popularizing “brainy books”.

In 2020 Harari joined forces with renowned comics artists David Vandermeulen and Daniel Casanave, to create Sapiens: A Graphic History: a radical adaptation of the original Sapiens into a graphic novel series. This illustrated collection casts Yuval Noah Harari in the role of guide, who takes the reader through the entire history of the human species, accompanied by a range of fictional characters and traveling through time, space and popular culture references.

Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1976, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002, and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He originally specialized in world history, medieval history and military history, and his current research focuses on macro-historical questions such as: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the essential difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? Is there justice in history? Does history have a direction? Did people become happier as history unfolded? What ethical questions do science and technology raise in the 21st century?

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08HM1J5YF
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial; Illustrated edition (November 3, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 3, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 315575 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 248 pages
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Prof. Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His books have been translated into 65 languages, with 40 million copies sold worldwide. 'Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind' (2014) looked deep into our past, 'Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow' (2016) considered far-future scenarios, and '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' (2018) zoomed in on the biggest questions of the present moment. 'Sapiens: A Graphic History' (launched in 2020) is a radical adaptation of 'Sapiens' into a graphic novel series, which Harari created and co-wrote in collaboration with comics artists David Vandermeulen (co-writer) and Daniel Casanave (illustrator).

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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle version is problematic
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2020
The Kindle version accessed from our iPad is buggy, only can be read in 2-pages mode and when we tried to zoom it, it’s problematic (attached screenshot). Very disappointed & annoyed. Don’t buy the Kindle version!
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Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
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1.0 out of 5 stars I sure would like a refund!
Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2020
I pre-ordered this book on October 7, the window to return the book closed on October 14th. The book was not even available for download until November 2. That's not right!
I only just got around to downloading the book on December 6th. I figured no problem, it's a Kindle Book, what could go wrong? Since the book is in color, the plan was to view it on my iPad Kindle app. Well guess what? You're forced to see two pages at a time, you cannot view one page at a time. The BIG problem is that now the text is too small to read!?!? This is a design flaw by whoever formatted the book for Kindle! I have other Kindle graphic novels, and they display one page at a time. This book was obviously scanned two pages at a time, thus creating "one page" in the Kindle.

Until this flaw is fixed, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK if you intend to view it in color on your iPad!!!
6 December 2020

I'm sure the book is otherwise very good. I loved the full print book, I figured a graphic novel would be fun. Right now, the Kindle version is useless. (unless you have real good eyes or want to read it with a magnifying glass)

Edit: April 20, 2021. A few months ago, I was able to get in contact with Amazon and I did get a refund. (Don't ask how, I forget, it wasn't easy. It was probably some "contact" or "help" info at the very bottom of Amazon's home screen. Or maybe it was from from my archived order screen?) I see now that the Kindle version is not available. I'd like to see a kindle version available, they just need to format it correctly so that one page is one page on kindle. The problem was that two pages was one page on Kindle and you couldn't begin to read it.

Edit 29 Jan 2022: I see the Kindle edition is available again, but with the caveat that it does not work on an iPad, that you need a larger screen. If I were the author, I'd be pissed off! Just scan the book one page at at time so that the viewer could see one page at a time. The author is losing a fair amount of money from this very easy and simple fix.

Edit 26 March 2022: I went ahead and bought the printed book. OMG, it's sooooooo good!, but you should really get volume two in addition. It's kind of a life changing book in how it alters your sense of reality. I thoroughly enjoyed both books. I give it five stars, but I'll leave my one star up here to warn people to NOT buy the kindle version! Just buy the print book!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for visual learners but be warned
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sapiens for teens
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 19, 2020
The write up mentioned illustrations but disappointed to find that this is 100% illustrated, reminiscent of a comic book.
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Djilly L.
3.0 out of 5 stars A panoramic view on human history, now in graphic form, but with the same flaws
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2021
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Djilly L.
3.0 out of 5 stars A panoramic view on human history, now in graphic form, but with the same flaws
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 6, 2021
This is a great graphic novel that combines a host of scientific, technological and anthropological disciplines. It reads exceptionally well, and the hardcover book is simply very nicely presented. The book served as a perfect present for my 11-year old bookworm who loves both history and graphic novels.
Now, I should say that I do have mixed feelings about the author and his Sapiens and Homo Deus books. On the one hand they cover a super broad scope and combine thousands of years of human experience, history and knowledge. In a sense it is phenomenal how Mr Harari cleverly combines a readable account that crosses many disciplines in to a fantastic narrative, that is frankly very entertaining.
However, you first of all will have to digest the authors agenda, his thoughts on animal suffering, his view on where humanity is heading, his assertion that hunter gathers were happier ect.
And then there are many assertions that are presented as a fact like how the agricultural revolution was detrimental to human wellbeing, his statement that Neanderthals ceased to exist because modern humans had superior cognitive abilities. Nevertheless most comes without evidencing research, nor is it supported by historical facts. This given that these books are so popular is a little troubling to say the least. Thirdly, perhaps because these are concepts that generally interest me, there was very little in these books and in this graphic novel that I didn’t know about, or did not intuitively know.
So it’s a great piece of pop-non-fiction. However it also serves as a one of the best examples that as a reader you should be suspicious of pseudo history that covers a broad range of disciplines.
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