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From the dawn of humankind to the deep future, Yuval Noah Harari’s new book Sapiens: a Graphic History tells the story of our species like never before. He shares his insights in this livestream event.

“History began when humans invented gods, and will end when humans become gods.” – Yuval Noah Harari

In the history of ideas there has never been anyone like Yuval Noah Harari. He counts Bill Gates, Janelle Monae and Barack Obama as fans, and Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Mark Zuckerberg seek his counsel. Millions of readers across the globe have marvelled at the ease with which he explains what it means to be “human”, as he effortlessly synthesises biology, economics, philosophy and other disciplines to provide a unique and singular account of our life on Earth. And his work extends far beyond telling the story of human history: through the projects of his organisation, Sapienship, Yuval advocates for global responsibility and global collaboration.

In this unique livestream event celebrating the release of his new graphic novel, Sapiens: A Graphic History – The Birth of Humankind, Yuval joins How To Academy and Penguin Live to explore the ways in which biology and history have defined us, to challenge us to reconsider accepted beliefs, to connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and to share the journey of radically adapting his bestselling book into a visual format.

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one-homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

Exploring both his latest work and his reflections on the world in 2020, this unmissable event is an opportunity to hear from the most remarkable polymath of our age.

All tickets to this livestream event include a copy of Yuval Noah Harari’s new book, Sapiens: A Graphic History – The Birth of Humankind (RRP £18.99). Subscribers to our all-access scheme How To Plus (£17.50 a month plus VAT) will receive a free copy of the book when they register for this livestream event.

This event is presented in partnership with How To Academy. 

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  • Sapiens Graphic Novel

  • The first volume of the graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari's global phenomenon and smash Sunday Times #1 bestseller, with gorgeous full-colour illustrations and a beautiful package - the perfect gift for the curious beings in your life.

    One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one-homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?

    In this first volume of the full-colour illustrated adaptation of his groundbreaking book, renowned historian Yuval Harari tells the story of humankind's creation and evolution, exploring the ways in which biology and history have defined us and enhanced our understanding of what it means to be "human". From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens challenges us to reconsider accepted beliefs, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and view specific events within the context of larger ideas.

    Featuring 256 pages of full-colour illustrations and easy-to-understand text covering the first part of the full-length original edition, this adaptation of the mind-expanding book furthers the ongoing conversation as it introduces Harari's ideas to a wider new readership.

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