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The paper and print quality are very poor. Sending fake printed books in the name of special collector's edition and that too without colours. I found a better book through different vendor as compared to this Harsh Books.
If you are a believer, this book is a total waste of time. It is not at all a history of humankind, as it follows the scientific route. Yet to find scientists who can provide something which, when they are dating something, confirms without any shadow of a doubt that it was there at the beginning!
Of course when you're reading a book, you know the author's views & opinions will be biased, but when you're reading a book, the last thing you want is to be bombarded with strong opinions all the time, subtle hints here and there are good.
I mean, you wrote a book about it, so I think people have a pretty good idea on where you stand, but the author smacks it in your face, and that ruined the book, which is a shame because it had the potential to be a great book, don't get me wrong, this was a good book, but not a great one.
The book starts ok, with a useful compilation of recent scientific discoveries. Then Dr. Harari begins to introduce sensationalist claims, like: “A corporation is a myth,” then proposes evidence that fits his claim. A corporation is not a myth, it’s a legal entity created by humans to conduct business with other humans. If a corporation is a myth, then the constitution of USA, and any other set of laws must be a myth as well. Ho goes so far as to declare that America, or any other country is a myth! Come on… Tell this to a pack of wolves who call their territory Wolfland. For me, Harari is one of those authors who come up with sensationalist and outrageous claims in order to sell his book, and judging by the ratings, he largely succeeds. But so do fake news.
So, Harari goes on to attempt to tear down just about every human institution of the last few thousand years as being fictional or "imaginary". Well, sure, they were all invented by humans. But invention is not fiction. Neither it is a myth.
Starting with a conclusion and only proposing evidence that fits with said conclusion bored me and I stopped reading it about a quarter of the way through. I really gave it a try, but this book is one of the most pretentious and pompous books I've ever read. I love good clear authors. Harari is not one of them. Can hardly get through a paragraph of his without being irritated by his generalization without support, constant non-sequiters and presentation of opinion as fact. And when he feels he’s gone too far, he says “Most scientists agree.” Go check it out.
The author tries to sound intelligent, but his statements are really half-truths connected by sloppy logic links. Even by the standard of popular history/science, the quality of this "introductory history of humankind" is poor. The book contains facts mixed with the author's naive opinions about a broad range of topics disguised as facts.
Learning history from Yuval Harari is like relying on Facebook feed as your only source of news, you get hooked by the content easily, albeit it's mostly disinformation.
Bestsellers are based not on the quality of the product but the quality of the promotion. This book makes that abundantly clear. This is the worst book I can recall reading. The hype and first few pages hold out hope for a monumental undertaking. That hope is dashed a few pages after a few pages. It deteriorates into an aimless journey of ‘theories’ based on unending, mundane examples. It is like a bad movie that you watch to the end waiting for a redeeming feature. It never comes. The author’s ‘humour’ is that rare combination of English humour and historian’s wit. It is not that it is so clever you don’t ‘get’ it, it just isn’t funny. The author seems to ignore a prevalent theory that Neanderthal is Homo sapiens neanderthalensis, a sub-species of homo sapiens sapiens, who interbred with Homo sapiens sapiens, thus making up part of the modern non-African genome. Maybe it was ‘inconvenient’ to his ‘theory.’ It also appears the majority of sapiens are also inconvenient as he ignores all but Western sapiens. Someone who spends that much effort to be politically correct is usually over-compensating? When it does come to the political ‘correctness,’ he refers to the People’s Republic of China as ‘Communist China,’ an incorrect name used by the uninformed and, apparently, bestselling authors. Despite his earlier description of communism and capitalism as economic systems, he concludes they are “social organisations.” This book should not be relegated to a back shelf. It should be relegated to the garbage. That is what it is – garbage.
Bill Gates, Barrack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg all love this half baked postmodern, neo Heglian, neo Marxist, reductionist, animal rightist, hodge podge? The author is smart and knows how to turn a phrase, but announces Truth from Olympus while dismissing others' world views as myths. Evidently the only thing he does not know about is the self referential paradox. Everyone but the author lives in a myth. He will tell us the real Story, as though his story is not a myth. One thing I am sure of, 100 years from now no one will remember this book was ever written.
This seems like a cheap replica of the original book. I have read from the original book and the quality of pages and printing in this copy is just terrible. The author regularly makes use of pictures and diagrams to aide his point but because of the print, the images are not discernible at all (see attached image). The paper used is the sort that government schools use to print their question papers, it will tear at the slightest of tugs. I don't recommend you buy this just because of the terrible quality.
This is a book for you if you like reading stories. At many places, the facts are presented incorrectly. For example, in chapter 12, he writes "... In Hindu polytheism, a single principle, Atman, controls the myriad gods and spirit, humankind, and the biological and physical world. Atman is the eternal essence or soul of the entire universe, as well as of every individual and every phenomenon." Anyone who studied Hinduism will find it difficult to digest. Also his comments on communism and Buddhism reflects his superficial understanding of the subject. The book is full of personal opinions and more like a work of fiction. The author adopted the reductionist approach of science to depict humans and nature merely as complicated machines and predicted that the artificial intelligence would soon replace every function of human cognition. The author preaches his philosophy authoritatively.