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Homo Deus

A Brief History of Tomorrow

By Yuval N. Harari

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Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 21 February 2017
Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style--thorough, yet riveting--famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century--from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

About the Author

PROF. YUVAL NOAH HARARI is the author of "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind," which was an international bestseller published in more than 35 countries. He has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. His research focuses on broad questions, such as: What is the relation between history and biology? Is there justice in history? Did people become happier as history unfolded? In 2012 Harari was awarded the annual Polonsky Prize for Creativity and Originality in the Humanistic Disciplines. The author lives in Jerusalem."

Reviews

"Thank God someone finally wrote [this] exact book."--Sebastian Junger, New York Times Book Review -Thank God someone finally wrote [this] exact book.---Sebastian Junger, New York Times Book Review -...[S]hares DNA with the work of writers like Jared Diamond ... while drawing freely from other disciplines in both the humanities and sciences. It's emphatically a work for the general reader eager to grapple with big ideas, but who is equally hungry for context for today's headlines.---Shelf Awareness -Thought-provoking and enlightening, Harari's books is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of our species.---BookPage "Thought-provoking and enlightening, Harari's books is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of our species."--BookPage ..".[S]hares DNA with the work of writers like Jared Diamond ... while drawing freely from other disciplines in both the humanities and sciences. It's emphatically a work for the general reader eager to grapple with big ideas, but who is equally hungry for context for today's headlines."--Shelf Awareness "Homo Deus is great, accessible science writing... This is a super fun read."--PBS Newshour "I enjoyed reading about these topics not from another futurist but from a historian, contextualizing our current ways of thinking amid humanity's long march-especially...with Harari's ability to capsulize big ideas memorably and mingle them with a light, dry humor...Harari offers not just history lessons but a meta-history lesson."--Washington Post "Provocative... essential reading."--New York Times Book Review Praise for Sapiens "I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history . . . you'll have a hard time putting it down."--Bill Gates -I enjoyed reading about these topics not from another futurist but from a historian, contextualizing our current ways of thinking amid humanity's long march-especially...with Harari's ability to capsulize big ideas memorably and mingle them with a light, dry humor...Harari offers not just history lessons but a meta-history lesson.---Washington Post -Provocative... essential reading.---New York Times Book Review -In Sapiens, Harari delves deep into our history as a species to help us understand who we are and what made us this way. An engrossing read.---Dan Ariely, New York Times Bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty -Sapiens tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language.---Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World until Yesterday -Sapiens takes readers on a sweeping tour of the history of our species.... Harari's formidable intellect sheds light on the biggest breakthroughs in the human story...important reading for serious-minded, self-reflective sapiens.---Washington Post -Harari is an exceptional writer, who seems to have been specially chosen by the muses as a conduit for the zeitgeist... Fascinating reading.---Times Literary Supplement (London) Praise for Sapiens -I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history . . . you'll have a hard time putting it down.---Bill Gates -Harari is an intellectual magpie who has plucked theories and data from many disciplines - including philosophy, theology, computer science and biology - to produce a brilliantly original, thought-provoking and important study of where mankind is heading.---Evening Standard (London) -Like all great epics, Sapiens demanded a sequel. Homo Deus, in which that likely apocalyptic future is imagined in spooling detail, is that book. It is a highly seductive scenario planner for the numerous ways in which we might overreach ourselves.---The Observer (London) -[A] great book...not only alters the way you see the world after you've read it, it also casts the past in a different light. In Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari shows us where mankind is headed in an absolutely clear-sighted & accessible manner.---Mail on Sunday -A remarkable book, full of insights and thoughtful reinterpretations of what we thought we knew about ourselves and our history.---The Guardian -What elevates Harari above many chroniclers of our age is his exceptional clarity and focus.---London Sunday Times -Spellbinding... This is a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit... It is a quirky and cool book, with a sliver of ice at its heart... It is hard to imagine anyone could read this book without getting an occasional, vertiginous thrill.---The Guardian -Thrilling to watch such a talented author trample so freely across so many disciplines... Harrari's skill lies in the way he tilts the prism in all these fields and looks at the world in different ways, providing fresh angles on what we thought we knew... scintillating.---The Financial Times -Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before.--Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow -Provocative...the handiwork of a gifted thinker.---Jennifer Senior, New York Times "Provocative...the handiwork of a gifted thinker."--Jennifer Senior, New York Times "Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before.--Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow "Provocative...the handiwork of a a gifted thinker."--Jennifer Senior, New York Times "In Sapiens, Harari delves deep into our history as a species to help us understand who we are and what made us this way. An engrossing read."--Dan Ariely, New York Times Bestselling author of Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty "Sapiens tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language."--Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World until Yesterday "Sapiens takes readers on a sweeping tour of the history of our species.... Harari's formidable intellect sheds light on the biggest breakthroughs in the human story...important reading for serious-minded, self-reflective sapiens."--Washington Post "Harari is an exceptional writer, who seems to have been specially chosen by the muses as a conduit for the zeitgeist... Fascinating reading."--Times Literary Supplement (London) Praise for Sapiens "I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history . . . you'll have a hard time putting it down."--Bill Gates "Harari is an intellectual magpie who has plucked theories and data from many disciplines - including philosophy, theology, computer science and biology - to produce a brilliantly original, thought-provoking and important study of where mankind is heading."--Evening Standard (London) "Like all great epics, Sapiens demanded a sequel. Homo Deus, in which that likely apocalyptic future is imagined in spooling detail, is that book. It is a highly seductive scenario planner for the numerous ways in which we might overreach ourselves."--The Observer (London) "[A] great book...not only alters the way you see the world after you've read it, it also casts the past in a different light. In Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari shows us where mankind is headed in an absolutely clear-sighted & accessible manner."--Mail on Sunday "A remarkable book, full of insights and thoughtful reinterpretations of what we thought we knew about ourselves and our history."--The Guardian "What elevates Harari above many chroniclers of our age is his exceptional clarity and focus."--London Sunday Times "Spellbinding... This is a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit... It is a quirky and cool book, with a sliver of ice at its heart... It is hard to imagine anyone could read this book without getting an occasional, vertiginous thrill."--The Guardian "Thrilling to watch such a talented author trample so freely across so many disciplines... Harrari's skill lies in the way he tilts the prism in all these fields and looks at the world in different ways, providing fresh angles on what we thought we knew... scintillating."--The Financial Times Praise for "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind" "Here is a simple reason why "Sapiens" has risen explosively to the ranks of an international bestseller. It tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language." -- Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Guns, Germs, and Steel"

EAN: 9780062464316
ISBN: 0062464310
Publisher: Harper
Dimensions: 23.62 x 15.75 x 4.06 centimeters (1.07 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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