By: Yuval Noah Harari
The subtitle “A Brief History of Humankind” describes the subject of this book quite well. However, it doesn't convey the fascination, philosophy, and impact contained in this bird’s eye view of human history. Rather than focus on what happened, Sapiens is about how and why our history unfolded the way it did. Armed with ingenious metaphors, wit, and an eye for the big picture, Yuval Noah Harari delivers what I’m tempted to call a ‘masterpiece’ with unparalleled clarity.
Sapiens was intellectual lighter fluid for me. It stoked my interest in myth and minimalism, exposed the influences underlying my desire for novel experiences, and caused me to examine my future with our future in mind.
Of most importance: Sapiens was the straw to break the camel's back convincing me to sign-up for a ten-day Vipassana meditation course. This was a very good decision.