There are hundreds of reviews of this book, and this is not intended as one. Sapiens is an amazing journey from the Stone Age until the 21st century focused on the Homo Sapiens, hence the title.
The trip, however, is not intended to state facts but teach us about human evolution and topics like happiness and quality of living over time.
From the website:
Starting from this provocative idea, Sapiens goes on to retell the history of our species from a completely fresh perspective. It explains that money is the most pluralistic system of mutual trust ever devised; that capitalism is the most successful religion ever invented; that the treatment of animals in modern agriculture is probably the worst crime in history; and that even though we are far more powerful than our ancient ancestors, we aren’t much happier.
As you can see, we as Homo sapiens are the focus of the author’s attention, but always on interactions and social dynamics.
Why did I like it?
It makes me think a bit. A lot, actually. Dr. Yuval Noah Harari makes a good point regarding our happiness level and how we are not much happier than our ancestors while having unimaginable things for them to entertain us. Or that capitalism is a religion (this is a fun one to read).
All and all, it’s a trip over the decades and how humanity evolved, adjusted, and created in this time on Earth.
I’m oversimplifying a great idea, so please read the book and make your own conclusions.