100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come? In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come? Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future.
Matthew Walker explores why sleep is necessary and the detrimental effects of not sleeping.
The opposite of racist isn't not racist, it's antiracist. Kendi explores what antiracism means in different parts of life.
This book presents stories, data, research, and case studies showing how women are left out of the data that drives our world, resulting in products, policies, and environments suited to men.
Hyeonseo Lee escaped from North Korea by herself when she was just 17 and was cut of from her family for many years as she was forced to survive in China, a country that could deport her back to North Korea at any time, where she would be killed for her escape.
George M. Johnson recounts his childhood and young adult life, focusing on his sexuality and race, as well as the intersection between those.
Synopsis: Melinda Gates tells the story of how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation evolved and different ways in which empowering and helping women changes the world for the better.
One of my goals this year was to read more nonfiction, and oh man did I start with a big one! Since it's publication last year, I had heard non-stop praise for it, and I've always admired Michelle, so I had to read it.