Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
A Brief History of Tomorrow

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9 Critic Reviews

...it is lively, provocative and sure to be another hit among the pooh-bahs. But readers ought to be prepared: Almost every blithe pronouncement Harari makes (that “the free individual is just a fictional tale concocted by an assembly of biochemical algorithms,” for instance) has been the exclusive subject of far more nuanced books...
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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future, and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.

What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus.

With the same insight and clarity that made Sapiens an international hit and a New York Times bestseller, Harari maps out our future.

 

About Yuval Noah Harari

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Dr. Yuval Noah Harari lectures in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. from Oxford University in 2002. He specializes in world history, medieval history and military history, and his current research focuses on macro-historical questions like the relationship between history and biology. He lives in Israel.
 
Published February 21, 2017 by Harper. 450 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Nature & Wildlife. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Apr 22 2017

The next steps on the road to dataism, he predicts, are through three major projects: “immortality, happiness, and divinity.” Harari paints with a very broad brush throughout, but he raises stimulating questions about both the past and the future.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by JENNIFER SENIOR on Feb 15 2017

...it is lively, provocative and sure to be another hit among the pooh-bahs. But readers ought to be prepared: Almost every blithe pronouncement Harari makes (that “the free individual is just a fictional tale concocted by an assembly of biochemical algorithms,” for instance) has been the exclusive subject of far more nuanced books...

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Open Letters Monthly

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Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Feb 20 2017

This is a smart, articulate author who can, when he exerts himself, be an exciting thinker (book-blurbs from President Obama aren’t to be taken lightly). Homo Deus is a prime example of him not exerting himself.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

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Reviewed by Zulfikar Abbany on Oct 21 2016

Harari's Brief History of Tomorrow is a vast work. If it wasn't so damn forward-thinking, it would be anachronistic for its substance and depth. It's no polemic, and I would have welcomed a few strongly worded judgment calls.

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Irish Times

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Reviewed by Frank MacGabhann on Jan 14 2017

This is psycho-babble. It makes for a good read, but the reader is advised to keep his, her – or ‘its’? – eyes open.

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London Evening Standard

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Reviewed by Saul David on Sep 08 2016

Nominally a historian, Harari is in fact an intellectual magpie who has plucked theories and data from many disciplines — including philosophy, theology, computer science and biology — to produce a brilliantly original, thought-provoking and important study of where mankind is heading.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Tim Adams on Sep 11 2016

Like all great epics, Sapiens demanded a sequel. Homo Deus, in which that likely apocalyptic future is imagined in spooling detail, is that book. It is a highly seductive scenario planner for the numerous ways in which we might overreach ourselves.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by David Runciman on Aug 24 2016

This is a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit. But as Harari would probably be the first to admit, it’s only intelligent by human standards, which are nothing special. By the standards of the smartest machines it’s woolly and speculative.

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Reviewed by Henry L. Carrigan Jr. on Feb 21 2017

Thought-provoking and enlightening, Harari’s book is a must-read for anyone interested in the future of our species.

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