If you take a step back and actually think about it, the existence of humankind as we know it is pretty amazing. In his forthcoming revolutionary work Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Harari draws on both biology and history to form a narrative of how humanity was formed, how we've evolved, and a speculative look at what the future could hold for us.
To get a taste of the kind of topics discussed, the author has created a great website with a few short videos that introduce some of the ideas he posits in the book, like how humans are the only organisms on the planet that believe in things that exist purely in their imagination and how this has allowed humankind to evolve way beyond anything else. Check out one of his videos below:
The videos are only short teasers for his arguments, but if you find your appetite whetted for more Sapiens, head on over to Edelweiss to download an egalley.