Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli professor of history at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, receiving his PhD from Oxford in 2002. However, his acquired fame is a result of his best-selling novels, Homosapiens and Homodeus, of which you will find on the favorite book lists of many on this site.
Sapiens was rejected by four publishers before the fifth decide to give the author a chance. The book reviews the history of humankind and provides a thesis of why humans have risen so quickly, to the top of the food chain while Homodeus, speculates the future.
Looking to answer the big questions of history, he questions our past, and our future. What will become of Homosapiens?
Sapiens has since been translated into 50 different languages, topping international best sellers lists and is enthusiastically, and widely praised. Both Sapiens and Homodeus have collectively sold over 12 million copies around the world. Harari’s third book is expected to come out this August 30, 2018: 21 Questions for the 21st Century.
Harari was born in Israel in 1976 to a secular Jewish family with Lebanese and East European roots. He married his husband in Toronto, Canada and tries to be as much of a vegan as he can as a result of his research in the domestication of farm animals.
Harari LOVES this book. “I think it is the most prophetic book in the 20th century, and the most profound discussion of happiness in modern Western philosophy. And since, for me, the relationship between power and happiness is the most important question in history, Brave New World has also reshaped my understanding of history” (Harari as quoted in Tim Ferriss’s Tools of Titans)
“A very profound collection of texts with a lot of influence on my thinking.” (Harari as quoted in Berggruen Institute) This book offers a complete translation of the Digha Nikaya, the long discourses of the Buddha, one of the major collections of texts in the Pali Canon, the authorized scriptures of Theravada Buddhism.
“It not only completely changed the way I understand chimpanzees, but above all, humans” (Harari as quoted in Berggruen Institute) The first edition of Frans de Waal's Chimpanzee Politics was acclaimed not only by primatologists for its scientific achievement but also by politicians, business leaders, and social psychologists for its remarkable insights into the most basic human needs and behaviors.
“It was kind of an epiphany in my academic career. I realized that I could actually write such books.” (Harari as quoted in Berggruen Institute) Jared Diamond convincingly argues that geographical and environmental factors shaped the modern world. Societies that had had a head start in food production advanced beyond the hunter-gatherer stage, and then developed religion --as well as nasty germs and potent weapons of war --and adventured on sea and land to conquer and decimate preliterate cultures.