Hércules Poirot es invitado por su vecina, lady Angkatell a almolzar con ellos. Al llegar a la piscina, donde se va a tomar el aperitivo, a Poirot se le presenta una escena completa de asesinato que aparentemente acaba de ocurrir: John Christow, amigo de la familia, aparece asesinado, y a su lado su mujer sosteniendo una pistola en la mano. Poirot se enfrenta con la difícil tarea de averiguar si la señora Christow ha matado realmente a su marido o si por el contrario todo ha sido una trampa habilmente preparada.
100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens.
How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights; to trust money, books and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism? And what will our world be like in the millennia to come?
In Sapiens, Dr Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?
Bold, wide-ranging and provocative, Sapiens challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, our power ... and our future.