History (4)

  • Homo Deus

    By: Yuval Noah Harari   

    Pages: 496

    History, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 26th Aug'2021

    Brief review: Homo Deus attempts to peep into the future of mankind as well as argues the validity of several myths and beliefs we hold today. The author touches upon diverse topics in this well-researched book with compelling arguments. Can man beat mortality? Is war obsolete?  Can artificial intelligence make humans extinct in the future? If these questions (and many others) interests you, you should read this book. A deep and fascinating book by Yuval Noah Harari who is my favorite author. His earlier book 'Sapiens' is also a brilliant read.

  • Upheaval

    By: Jared Diamond   

    Pages: 463

    History, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 14th Jan'2021

    Brief review: It's a book on how nations deal with crises and how it eventually shapes the future course of that country. The author selects 7 nations (Finland, Japan, Chile, Indonesia, Germany, Australia & U.S), go deep into their history when they faced upheaval and examines how they handled the situation. Not only it gives a perspective on how world leaders react and behave during a challenging situation that sometimes lasts more than a decade, but it also enriches readers' knowledge about historical events and their consequences to the modern-day world. A long but engrossing read. 

  • Sapiens : A Brief History of Humankind

    By: Yuval Noah Harari   

    Pages: 466


    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 24th Feb'18

    Brief review: A brilliant insight into the history of humankind. A synopsis of how the human species progressed right from the beginning to the current day world. Looking back at history, it seems (surprisingly) we are currently in the most peaceful era of humankind. Because of rapid scientific and technological advancement, humans may be at the cusp of overcoming 'natural selection' and become God. A masterpiece by Yuval Noah Harari. If you have interest in the evolution of human species, history of mankind and the possible future that lie ahead; this book will serve your purpose quite well. It's a long but a worthy read. 

  • The Trial & Death of Socrates

    By: Plato   

    Pages: 115


    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 7th Nov'17

    Brief review: Socrates is considered to be the wisest man ever lived. Plato was a student of Socrates. The book is a narrative of 'four dialogues'- Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo - which were the themes evoked by the trial and death of Socrates. The teaching of Socrates is full of wisdom. The book is one of my favorites. Read it slow and you need yourself to immerse into it to understand the thoughts and gain from the wisdom of Socrates.

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