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While Prof. Harari may not teach new facts, his insight into their relationships as regards the development of Homo sapiens' relations with other human forms and within the societies of our species over centuries is often startling. As one example, his analysis of the spread and consequences of empires weighs not only the suffering that empires often imposed upon conquered nations, but also the lasting cultural effects. Depending on the percentage of conquered societies in the empire, either suppression or tolerance could be the prevailing rule. One specific lasting consequence of empire has often been language, most often English, thus enabling easy communication among diverse, not to say warring, groups . Speaking of which, the English edition is supposed to come out in 2014.
- Facts and the authors opinion are sometimes mixed thoroughly. However, I think I was able to not get mixed up. - Informative - Very well narrated - Inspiring. I am planing to check on my food sources (Motto: let's improve some animals lives)
I really enjoyed this book. Harari provides the reader insights into why we are the way we are, the mythologies that bind us, and where we might be heading in the future. He explains complex topics (history, economics, science) in a way that can understood by virtually anybody. I would have enjoyed having him as a professor. The German edition is at the intermediate level for non-native speakers IMO.
The book takes you through the last 70,000 years of mankind’s evolution and asks interesting questions about where mankind will go next. It gave me a whole new perspective on who we are and where we will go. I was so fascinated that I am having my wife and children read the book.
Eine Aufarbeitung der Geschichte der Menschheit, wie ich es noch nie erfahren habe. Jedem, der sich nur im geringsten für unsere Spezies aber auch und vor allem für das was wir Leben nennen, interessiert, sollte dieses Buch lesen. Es hat mich betroffen gemacht aber auch lachen lassen.