Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

THREE MAJOR HUMAN REVOLUTIONS The Cognitive Revolution (c. 70,000 BCE, when Sapiens evolved imagination). The Agricultural Revolution (c. 10,000 BCE, the development of agriculture). The unification of humankind (the gradual consolidation of human political organisations towards one global empire). The Scientific Revolution (c. 1500 CE, the emergence of objective science). # YEARS AGO 13.5 billion: […]

The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant

The Big Idea: History may not repeat itself, but it often rhymes. Chapter I: Hesitations The present is the past rolled up for action, and the past is the present unrolled for understanding. Chapter II: History and the Earth History is subject to geology. River, lakes, oases, and oceans draw settlers to their shores, for […]

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford

1162 Genghis Khan was born into the Borjigin tribe under the name Temujin. His childhood was poor and his family struggled to survive. Temujin, however, thrived and made many political alliances among other Mongol tribes. 1177 Temujin was captured by a rival tribe and imprisoned. With the help of a guard, he escaped by hiding […]