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Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens A Graphic History, Volume 2
  • Sapiens A Graphic History, Volume 2

  • Volume 2 of the epic, beautifully illustrated graphic adaptation of the internationally bestselling phenomenon

    What if 12,000 years ago, we humans fell into a trap and never managed to escape?

    Sapiens: A Graphic History - The Pillars of Civilisation tells the story of how Homo sapiens converted from nomads to settlers, and started working harder and harder without getting a better life in return. Find out how wheat took over the world; how an unlikely marriage between a god and a bureaucrat created the first empires; how war, famine, disease and inequality became a part of the human condition; and why we might only have ourselves to blame.

    Sounds gloomy? Not with this cast of entertaining characters, continuing the wild ride they started in Volume 1. Yuval, Zoe, Prof. Saraswati, Cindy and Bill, Detective Lopez, and Dr. Fiction travel the length and breadth of human history, this time to investigate how the Agricultural Revolution changed society forever. The cunning Mephisto shows them how to entrap humans with plants, King Hammurabi lays down the law, and Confucius explains harmonious society. Guest appearances are made by Thomas Jefferson, Scarlet O'Hara, Margaret Thatcher and John Lennon. The origins of modern farming are told through Elizabethan tragedy, the changing fortunes of domesticated plants and animals are tracked in the columns of the Daily Business News, and the history of inequality is scouted out in a superhero detective story.

    This graphic series is a radical, witty and colourful retelling of the story of humankind, adapted from Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, which has sold over 21 Million copies in 65 languages worldwide. Volume 2 can be read as a standalone or as a follow-up to Volume 1, and is designed to captivate adults and young adults who don't usually engage with science and history. If you want to know why we are all trapped inside the dreams of dead people, this is your ideal book.

Prof Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international phenomenon attracting a legion of fans from Bill Gates and Barack Obama to Chris Evans and Jarvis Cocker, and is published in 65 languages worldwide. It was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and was in the Top Ten for over nine months in paperback. His follow-up to Sapiens, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow was also a Top Ten Bestseller and was described by the Guardian as 'even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens'. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, was a Number One Bestseller and was described by Bill Gates as 'fascinating' and 'crucial'. Harari worked closely with renowned comics illustrator Daniel Casanave and co-writer David Vandermeulen to create his latest book, an adaptation of his first bestseller, Sapiens Graphic Novel: Volume 1.

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