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Sapiens: Plot Summary
Sapiens: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Sapiens: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Yuval Noah Harari
Historical Context of Sapiens
Other Books Related to Sapiens
- Full Title: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
- When Written: Around 2010
- Where Written: Jerusalem, Israel
- When Published: 2011 (in Hebrew) and 2014 (in English)
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: History, Nonfiction
- Setting: Human societies on Earth from 70,000 years ago to the present day
- Climax: Harari concludes that despite all of humanity’s achievements, life (for both animals and humans) has only grown more miserable as societies have progressed.
- Antagonist: Scientists
- Point of View: First Person
Extra Credit for Sapiens
Buddhist Meditation. Harari actively practices a branch of Buddhist meditation called Vipassana, which he claims transformed his life. He praises Buddhist ideals throughout Sapiens.
Vegan Vibes. Harari is a devout vegan, and he dedicates lengthy portions of Sapiens to condemning animal cruelty in the agricultural industry. He thinks industrial farming is “one of the worst crimes in history.”