Books by Yuval Noah Harari

Yuval Harari Books

Yuval Noah Harari, an Israeli historian and professor, is renowned for his thought-provoking works that span the fields of history and philosophy. His influential books, such as "Sapiens" and "Homo Deus," explore the evolution of humanity, offering insights into the past, present, and potential future of our species.

Sapiens

4.6
136 953 ratings

The book describes the process of human development, beginning with the emergence of Homo sapiens in Africa to the formation of complex societies, and explains how biology and history made us. That's an interesting book that tries to explain the ways that human societies were created and developed and how myths and religion and revolutionary scientific discoveries shaped our modern world of today, with all its economies and political systems. A compulsive read, it sets one to thinking about our past, present, and future.

Homo Deus

4.5
35 451 ratings

Future of human life is reflected through the history of the past and current technological progress in this thought-provoking expedition, imbued with a sense of uncertainty. He argues that famine and plague have more or less been conquered by humanity, and the worst battles for humanity are yet to come. But in the light of today's pursuit for happiness, immortality, and god-like powers, the book leaves one pondering how these can be entangled with the future roles of individual choice and free will. It reveals the scope of artificial intelligence and biotechnological impact on our lives, at the same time urging readers to consider and define ethically those reshaping potentials.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

4.5
19 844 ratings
Recommended by: Bill Gates, Michaela Coel

Harari's book crisscrosses challenges of the contemporary age, addressing issues across the spectrum of technology to politics, religion, and education. It is salient in the sense that it recalls reaction to global changes; it molds our age and gives inspiration on how to think through these changes and prepare for the future. The narrative also delves into the existential aspects of these issues, which can both terrify and enlighten individuals as they confront the complexities of the modern world.

Sapiens: A Graphic History #1

4.7
4 425 ratings

This groundbreaking graphic novel adaptation of Harari's work explores the origins and evolution of our human ancestors through rich, illuminating illustrations. Volume 1 covers the emergence of Homo sapiens, examining how our hunter-gatherer forebears' unique cognitive abilities allowed them to migrate across the globe and outlast other human species through revolutionary shifts like the Cognitive Revolution.

Sapiens: A Graphic History #2

4.6
1 409 ratings

Continuing the ambitious graphic timeline, Volume 2 vividly depicts how the Agricultural Revolution established the pillars of modern civilization as humans transitioned to settled societies. It explores the powers governing these new societal structures like nations, religions, and economies, providing thought-provoking insights into the origins of inequality, gender roles, and humanity's relationship with the environment.

Unstoppable Us #1

4.7
853 ratings

In this ambitious exploration of our species' history, Harari chronicles the rise of modern humans from prehistoric origins to global dominance. He examines how Homo sapiens' unique ability to cooperate flexibly in large numbers allowed us to out-compete other human species. Harari provides insights into the evolutionary advantages of sharing myths, knowledge and organizational skills that enabled everything from agriculturalization to industry and technology revolutions.

Money

4.2
717 ratings

This thought-provoking book examines the fundamental yet enigmatic concept of money through the lens of historical, anthropological, and economic perspectives. Harari explores how money shaped the rise of cities, nations, empires, and modern capitalism, while also influencing science, religion, and gender relations. With characteristic insight, he reveals money's paradoxical impacts on human societies.

Sapiens: A Graphic History #3

4.5
500 ratings

The final installment brings Harari's vision for a "brief history of humankind" into the modern age through incisive graphic storytelling and artwork. Volume 3 examines scientific, industrial, and technological revolutions that made our species the ultra-dominant masters shaping the planet's present and future - as both our greatest asset and existential threat.

Nexus

4.7
301 ratings

Examining information's role throughout human history in the context of the coming AI era. Harari traces how different societies wielded information to achieve their aims across centuries. He explores the intricate connections between information, truth, bureaucracy, mythology, wisdom and power. Harari warns of the looming threats of non-human intelligence and advocates re-evaluating our relationship to information to rediscover a new understanding of our shared humanity's core values.

Unstoppable Us #2

4.6
119 ratings

The follow-up volume dives into the paradoxes and challenges modern society faces due to the exponential growth of human cooperation at massive scales. Harari analyzes systemic inequalities, social injustices and concentrations of wealth/power that have emerged despite humanity's symbiotic interdependence.

Yuval Harari books in order

List of books by Yuval Noah Harari with the year of publication of the books.

  • 2004 – Renaissance Military Memoirs.
  • 2007 – Special Operations in the Age of Chivalry.
  • 2008 – The Ultimate Experience. 
  • 2014 – Sapiens.
  • 2016 – Homo Deus.
  • 2018 – Money: Vintage Minis.
  • 2018 – 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.
  • 2020 – Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 1.
  • 2021 – Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 2.
  • 2024 – Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 3.
  • 2022 – Unstoppable Us, Volume 1.
  • 2024 – Unstoppable Us, Volume 2.
  • 2024 – Nexus.