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30 Expert Reviews

"The brainy book I seem to be sharing or talking about the most lately." - Ashton Kutcher

"I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a fun, engaging look at early human history." - Bill Gates

"I really enjoyed [this book]." - Bill Gurley

"Both sobering and conservatively optimistic in equal measure." - Daniel Ek

"There's not many times where I read a book and come out with 20 new ideas I hadn't thought about before, and [this book] made me think like that." - Demis Hassabis

"It explains human behavior and why we are the way we are in human civilization from soup to nuts. And I’ve read it now a couple of times. It’s a pretty astonishing book." - James Cameron

"It really puts in perspective how bizarre human beings are. It’s an awesome overview of our species." - Joe Rogan

"An amazing book on the beginning of humanity." - Karlie Kloss

Keith Rabois recommended this book on a Medium blog post.

"Fascinating because of its multi-disciplinary approach towards understanding human society, our behaviour and our future." - Kishore Biyani

"Basically one of the things we've created here is we've imagined ideas that we all share." - Lex Fridman

"A big history narrative of human civilization." - Mark Zuckerberg

"Best book I've read in [2015]." - Naval Ravikant

One of Peter Attia's answers to "any books you feel would make your reading list?"

Ray Dalio mentioned this book on "The Tim Ferriss Show" podcast.

"A grand theory of humanity." - Reid Hoffman

"I just love the style of his writing." - Richard Branson

One of Ryan Shea's 4 answers to "what is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift?"

Sam Kass recommended this book in the "Tools of Titans" book.

"I’m going to give [this book] over and over again to everyone I know." - Sebastian Junger

"A previous favorite." - Vinod Khosla

"A great book about [how] we’ve evolved and why we have anxiety." - Whitney Cummings

"Tells the major revolutions of human history." - PewDiePie

Melinda Gates recommended this book on Likewise.com.

"[One of the] best books I read in 2017." - Anthony Pompliano

"Gives me a greater perspective about how humans emerged and why we behave the way we do." - Changpeng Zhao

"Provides a concise history of humankind and outlines why we have the psychology we do today." - Patrick O'Shaughnessy

"Truly mind-blowing. It’s changed the way I look at almost everything. I can’t endorse it enough." - Chris Evans

"Love this book still." - Simon Mayo

Penn Jillette mentioned this book in a New York Times interview.

31 Member Reviews

Terrific and insightful. A highly recommended read for anyone curious about how we came to be. - Anurag Ramdasan

Una clase magistral de historia universal - Natanael Bravo

Amazing ... one of my favorites - Nitin Harlalka

Great engaging reading with lots of cool very interesting data about human history - Juan jo Villacis

If you are interested in learning history as a hobby but don't know where to start, you can stop your search. - Aaditya Deshmukh

Absorbing and definitely a monumental timeless work of art - Mai Mislang

"Maybe we were better of as hunter-gatherers after all. " - Gabriela Navarrete - Gabriela Navarrete

A brief history of how we, humans became the rulers of this planet. - Katherine Peña

A must read. One of the best books I've read that made clear how the world works and how we got here as a species - Tomás Jerónimo

A book everyone should read in his lifetime to better understand the world we are living in today. - Jan Benzing

As surreal, absurd and wonderful as I remember. - Halden Johnson

Reread - Jake Z

High in information plus fun density. Lives up to the hype. - Rishit Vora

Superbly explains how our society formed and why it is the way it is. - Jagoda Cieslik

Amazingly researched and detailed account of how we humans became who we were and how the world around us came to be. - Christopher Mojo

Simply an amazing read - Simon Lockley

Simple words to guide you to the history of humankind - Camellia Yang

The best book about human history ever written. - Gabriel de Souza

History - Eoin Byrne

To Read - Lisa Blanchard

To Read - Suzy Broz

a favorite - Annika Brundyn

Thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening read about our past and where we are heading. - Andy Ramsay

very readable history. fascinating. - Petro Rondiak

I finally enjoy reading about our history - Leo Clark Ribeiro

https://markmanson.net/best-books/book-recommendations - Jeri Dizel

A book that has the power to change one's perspective of seeing the world.. - Durva Ravnang

Sapiens - Michael Montgomery

Recommended by - Miguel Moreno Presidente Negocio Café - Robbie J Frye

The newest testament - Wes Robbins

Want to read this - Doug Mumford