Our planet is four and a half billion years old. In a tiny fraction of that time, one species out of the countless ones on Earth has conquered it. Humans. We are simultaneously the most violent and destructive species and the most intelligent and sympathetic. What is it exactly that makes is this way - that makes us Sapiens? In this thought-provoking book, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going. This is an exciting account of human history from the Stone Age to the Silicon Age, documenting our journey from just another animal to the rulers of the world. Sapiens Paperback edition by Yuval Noah Harari
Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents in the Hague - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in the provinces during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es - the grandson of Lien's foster parents - knew he needed to find out why.
An extraordinary exploration of the ancestry of Britain through seven burial sites. By using new advances in genetics and taking us through important archaeological discoveries, Professor Alice Roberts helps us better understand life today. 'This is a terrific, timely and transporting book - taking us heart, body and mind beyond history, to the fascinating truth of the prehistoric past and the present' Bettany Hughes We often think of Britain springing from nowhere with the arrival of the Romans. But in Ancestors, anthropologist, broadcaster and academic Professor Alice Roberts explores what we can learn about the very earliest Britons, from burial sites and by using new technology to analyse ancient DNA.