Instagram book review: "Sapiens" by Yuva Harari. A pretty good book and it certainly can't be faulted for lack of ambition. Harari tries to give nothing less than an overview of the historical arc of humanity. The book is most interesting in the areas where he presents unfamiliar arguments. (My favorite of these is that wheat domesticated humans, rather than the other way around.) But it becomes a less enjoyable read further into the book as he discusses more contemporary subject matter. By the time he's discussing ethics and political economics the treatment feels glib. It's a bit irritating that he treats them with the same brush of authority that he does with less-familiar subjects such as early human biology and social development. Maybe if I knew as much about that stuff I'd also be measured in my assessment of his treatment.
I was impressed with the profound pessimism that ends the book. Kind of bold to write a few hundred pages on humans in general and end it with (spoiler alert) "humans are probably a scourge on the world." #bookreview #sapiens #harari