Book Review #2.1 “Sapiens”

What I Read: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (638 pages)

How it Starts: As this isn’t a story book but more a scientific and historical book, it doesn’t have a plot. However, the book does discuss the beginning of earth and the sproutings of all homosapiens and all its relatives that had died off mysteriously in a much, much older time.

How it Gets Started: The book then gets more complicated as it dives into how human society was created and why people act the way they do, why people are impressionable and how they get that way, and why they flock into groups. It courses through a chaotic split between history and science, a dabble of psychology. It’s truly interesting and blatantly riveting.

What I Liked: I liked the psychological explanations the author coated most of the inner workings of social cliques and commands of humans. I’m not one for science and I’ve gone over most of the history, (not as extensively, obviously,) but I do love learning about my fellow man and why he does the things he does.

What I Disliked: The book, although very interesting, was hard to understand at points. I know that this book was probably meant for the more diverse of mind and knowledge, but the author could have put it into an even more laymen synopsis for the less up there readers which I might identify with.

Recommendation: I’d recommend this for anyone who wants to learn about their society, not really the rules of it, but how, exactly, those rules came to be. It’s difficult to understand at times, but once you catch on it is a very good informational read. 3.5/5 Mongolian Red Pandas.

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