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This second volume of Sapiens: A Graphic History, the full-color graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari’s #1 New York Times bestseller, focuses on the Agricultural Revolution—when humans fell into a trap we’ve yet to escape: working harder and harder with diminishing returns. What if humanity’s major woes—war, plague, famine and inequality—originated 12,000 years ago, when This second volume of Sapiens: A Graphic History, the full-color graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari’s #1 New York Times bestseller, focuses on the Agricultural Revolution—when humans fell into a trap we’ve yet to escape: working harder and harder with diminishing returns. What if humanity’s major woes—war, plague, famine and inequality—originated 12,000 years ago, when Homo sapiens converted from nomads to settlers, in pursuit of the fantasy of productivity and efficiency? What if by seeking to control plants and animals, humans ended up being controlled by kings, priests, and Kafkaesque bureaucracy? Volume 2 of Sapiens: A Graphic History–The Pillars of Civilization explores a crucial chapter in human development: the Agricultural Revolution. This is the story of how wheat took over the world; how an unlikely marriage between a god and a bureaucrat created the first empires; and how war, plague, famine, and inequality became an intractable feature of the human condition. But it’s not all doom and gloom with this book’s cast of entertaining characters and colorful humorous scenes. Yuval, Zoe, Prof. Saraswati, Cindy and Bill (now farmers), Detective Lopez, and Dr. Fiction, all introduced in Volume 1, once again travel the length and breadth of human history, this time investigating the impact the Agricultural Revolution has had on our species. The cunning Mephisto shows them how to ensnare humans, King Hammurabi lays down the law, and Confucius explains harmonious society. The origins of modern farming are introduced through Elizabethan tragedy; the changing fortunes of domesticated plants and animals are tracked in the columns of the Daily Business News; the story of urbanization is portrayed as a travel brochure, offering discount journeys to ancient Babylon and China; and the history of inequality unfolds in a superhero detective story; with guest appearances by historical and cultural personalities throughout such as Thomas Jefferson, Scarlett O'Hara, Margaret Thatcher, and John Lennon. Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 2 is a radical, witty and colorful retelling of the story of humankind for adults and young adults, and can be read on its own or in sequence with Volume I.


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This second volume of Sapiens: A Graphic History, the full-color graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari’s #1 New York Times bestseller, focuses on the Agricultural Revolution—when humans fell into a trap we’ve yet to escape: working harder and harder with diminishing returns. What if humanity’s major woes—war, plague, famine and inequality—originated 12,000 years ago, when This second volume of Sapiens: A Graphic History, the full-color graphic adaptation of Yuval Noah Harari’s #1 New York Times bestseller, focuses on the Agricultural Revolution—when humans fell into a trap we’ve yet to escape: working harder and harder with diminishing returns. What if humanity’s major woes—war, plague, famine and inequality—originated 12,000 years ago, when Homo sapiens converted from nomads to settlers, in pursuit of the fantasy of productivity and efficiency? What if by seeking to control plants and animals, humans ended up being controlled by kings, priests, and Kafkaesque bureaucracy? Volume 2 of Sapiens: A Graphic History–The Pillars of Civilization explores a crucial chapter in human development: the Agricultural Revolution. This is the story of how wheat took over the world; how an unlikely marriage between a god and a bureaucrat created the first empires; and how war, plague, famine, and inequality became an intractable feature of the human condition. But it’s not all doom and gloom with this book’s cast of entertaining characters and colorful humorous scenes. Yuval, Zoe, Prof. Saraswati, Cindy and Bill (now farmers), Detective Lopez, and Dr. Fiction, all introduced in Volume 1, once again travel the length and breadth of human history, this time investigating the impact the Agricultural Revolution has had on our species. The cunning Mephisto shows them how to ensnare humans, King Hammurabi lays down the law, and Confucius explains harmonious society. The origins of modern farming are introduced through Elizabethan tragedy; the changing fortunes of domesticated plants and animals are tracked in the columns of the Daily Business News; the story of urbanization is portrayed as a travel brochure, offering discount journeys to ancient Babylon and China; and the history of inequality unfolds in a superhero detective story; with guest appearances by historical and cultural personalities throughout such as Thomas Jefferson, Scarlett O'Hara, Margaret Thatcher, and John Lennon. Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 2 is a radical, witty and colorful retelling of the story of humankind for adults and young adults, and can be read on its own or in sequence with Volume I.

30 review for Sapiens: A Graphic History, Volume 2: The Pillars of Civilization

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erikka

    I feel like this one was a bit less history and a bit more sociology and cultural theories. I didn't care for it quite as much. I did appreciate the part about how human society is organized by a slew of complex fictions. That was an incredible window into society and how it operates and I think it's changed how I view societal rules and orders. I'm excited about part three and hope it's more historical and anthropology based like volume one. I feel like this one was a bit less history and a bit more sociology and cultural theories. I didn't care for it quite as much. I did appreciate the part about how human society is organized by a slew of complex fictions. That was an incredible window into society and how it operates and I think it's changed how I view societal rules and orders. I'm excited about part three and hope it's more historical and anthropology based like volume one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    3.5

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Adams

    So much information packed into graphic novel format. Would recommend going through this slowly to absorb everything. As with the first, makes me want to read/listen to the original text. 3.5 Thanks to NetGalley/Edelweiss and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Noe

    Volume 1 covered a lot more "hard" history, while this one begins to get into the weeds a bit - and its success is hit or miss. Volume 1 covered a lot more "hard" history, while this one begins to get into the weeds a bit - and its success is hit or miss.

  5. 5 out of 5

    R.J. Sorrento

    Informative graphic novel but not quite as strong as Volume 1. I also felt this book was more opinion-based than scientific. Overall, this graphic nonfiction series offers food for thought and poses many ideas and questions worth pondering and considering. Thank you to Harper Perennial for the gifted copy. This is my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Đức Nhật

    21/07/2021: Hello Volume 2. Here go fucking go

  7. 4 out of 5

    David White

    In 2020, Yuval Noah Harari adapted his outstanding “Sapiens” into a unique graphic format, making key concepts even more accessible to both adults and young adults alike. Volume 1 told the story of “The Birth of Humankind”. Volume 2 - “The Pillars of Civilisation” is now available, and opens with the agricultural revolution. The author returns to a controversial point contained in the original “Sapiens” – the agricultural revolution actually made life more difficult for humans instead of easier. In 2020, Yuval Noah Harari adapted his outstanding “Sapiens” into a unique graphic format, making key concepts even more accessible to both adults and young adults alike. Volume 1 told the story of “The Birth of Humankind”. Volume 2 - “The Pillars of Civilisation” is now available, and opens with the agricultural revolution. The author returns to a controversial point contained in the original “Sapiens” – the agricultural revolution actually made life more difficult for humans instead of easier. The work involved tending to crops was far more challenging and difficult than the hunter gatherer lifestyle. The book suggests by extension the agricultural revolution brought famine (when crops failed and there were no alternatives) and chronic health issues. Rather than improved quality of life the agriculture revolution brought about a population explosion which meant there were more mouths to feed. Disease was more prevalent because farmers lived in crowded villages in close contact with lots of animals and waste products, so viruses could easily jump from a chicken to a person wipe out a whole village. The author is vegan, and he makes clear in the narration how brutal the raising of domesticated animals is for their meat and and dairy produce. Post the agricultural revolution despite all the black backbreaking work peasants hardly ever achieved the economic security they craved. Rulers and elites sprang up everywhere living after peasants surplus food and leaving them fairly enough to survive. History was made by very few people when everybody else ploughed fields and carries water buckets. The book later looks at how societies were able to become more complex - through use of “fictions”, myths and constructs. A fascinating look at how humans progressed from hunter-gathers to civilisation builders. I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Siddhartha Jain

    Excellent continuation of part 1 graphic novel. The story continues on how humans evolved and moved to farming and then fictional stories that we have today. Recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Love this series and how it’s making anthropology for everyone.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Naomi

    3,5*

  11. 5 out of 5

    Dahlia Straight

    Sapiens is a must read for all sapiens! Extraordinary.

  12. 4 out of 5

    hiaa123

    Volume 2 of Sapiens wasn't as engaging as the first for me. The first half of this graphic novel felt way too heavy-handed in its negative portrayal of the agricultural revolution. I got the point but it was getting too repetitive. I liked the second half of the novel much better when it dives into culture and the myths/fictions of society that result in inequalities and hierarchies. I'll probably still pick up Volume 3 and read until the end. Overall, it was a quick, easy read. Can't say that I Volume 2 of Sapiens wasn't as engaging as the first for me. The first half of this graphic novel felt way too heavy-handed in its negative portrayal of the agricultural revolution. I got the point but it was getting too repetitive. I liked the second half of the novel much better when it dives into culture and the myths/fictions of society that result in inequalities and hierarchies. I'll probably still pick up Volume 3 and read until the end. Overall, it was a quick, easy read. Can't say that I learned anything new exactly but it was a nice reminder about societal constructs. The agricultural revolution stuff was interesting but I was getting tired of being told how bad it was for humanity.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Knight

    This little gem went straight on to pre-order after finishing book 1 last month. I am even more stoked that there is a 3rd book due out too! 😄 So in this awesome graphic novel we go through humankind’s journey to civilisation and the complications that have come with it. The first volume concentrated on evolution and our relationship with the planet and how we have destroyed whole ecosystems and adapted to settle in every corner of the globe. This one is more focused on our relationships with ours This little gem went straight on to pre-order after finishing book 1 last month. I am even more stoked that there is a 3rd book due out too! 😄 So in this awesome graphic novel we go through humankind’s journey to civilisation and the complications that have come with it. The first volume concentrated on evolution and our relationship with the planet and how we have destroyed whole ecosystems and adapted to settle in every corner of the globe. This one is more focused on our relationships with ourselves and social prejudices. Starting off with the agricultural revolution and understanding our relationships with domesticated animals, we are able to understand how we have become our own slaves. Touching on cultural fictions that have shaped humanities views on religion, sexual preferences, race and creed. It’s such an eye opening read and in such a fun format. If you haven’t yet I’d totally recommend giving these a read. There is also the novel Sapiens, which I also thoroughly enjoyed and it combines all the information of the 3 graphic novels.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tuyet Lan

    Chờ mãi cuối cùng cũng nhận được sách, mình liền đọc ngốn ngấu trong một đêm :) Tập 2 của truyện tranh Sapiens vẫn giữ được các ưu điểm ở tập 1 - cách kể truyện và chuyển cảnh thú vị giống như xem các tác phẩm giải trí thời thượng (show thực tế, tạp chí người nổi tiếng). Và tiếp nối ưu điểm về tôn vinh bình đẳng, các nhân vật chính trong tập truyện này đều là nữ và đủ mọi sắc tộc - giáo sư sinh học người Ấn, giáo sư nhân học người Trung, siêu nhân Fiction, Joe nữ cầu thủ, cô cảnh sát da màu nhiệt Chờ mãi cuối cùng cũng nhận được sách, mình liền đọc ngốn ngấu trong một đêm :) Tập 2 của truyện tranh Sapiens vẫn giữ được các ưu điểm ở tập 1 - cách kể truyện và chuyển cảnh thú vị giống như xem các tác phẩm giải trí thời thượng (show thực tế, tạp chí người nổi tiếng). Và tiếp nối ưu điểm về tôn vinh bình đẳng, các nhân vật chính trong tập truyện này đều là nữ và đủ mọi sắc tộc - giáo sư sinh học người Ấn, giáo sư nhân học người Trung, siêu nhân Fiction, Joe nữ cầu thủ, cô cảnh sát da màu nhiệt huyết Selena . Thêm vào đó, tập 2 này thêm cả gia vị bất ngờ nữa. Có thể là bất ngờ với mình thôi :) vì mình chưa đọc Sapiens bản toàn chữ, nên không biết rằng ở tập 2 này tác giả đưa ra nhiều luận điểm "lạ" và gây tranh luận thế. Một là: cách mạng nông nghiệp là một cái bẫy, khiến các cá thể con người vất vả hơn và nhiều rủi ro hơn so với cuộc sống săn bắt hái lượm; Nó chỉ có ý nghĩa với tổng thể loài người- với sự tích lũy lương thực, số lượng người tăng lên nhanh hơn- trở thành loài thống trị Trái Đất. Hai là (điều này đã được nhắc đến ở tập 1 rồi, và được làm nổi bật trong tập 2 này): trong xã hội loài người, không có cái gì là trật tự tự nhiên cả- luật pháp, nhân quyền, thần thánh, quốc gia, doanh nghiệp và tiền bạc - tất cả đều là những huyền thoại mà con người tưởng tượng ra, và vận động số đông người cùng tin tưởng. Sự hư cấu đó gọi là "trật tự tưởng tượng", có nó thì xã hội mới vận hành được. "Không có cách nào thoát ra khỏi trật tự tưởng tượng. Nếu bạn phá vỡ bức tường nhà tù của bạn và chạy tới sự tự do, bạn thực sự chỉ đang chạy vào một sân tập thể dục rộng rãi hơn trng một nhà tù". Trật tự tưởng tượng chính là các trụ cột của nền văn minh loài người. Chữ viết và bộ máy hành chính giúp cho trật tự được xây dựng ở quy mô lớn. Ý tưởng mọi thứ "giá trị" trong xã hội loài người đều là hư cấu khiến ta có thể bất ngờ và nản lòng. Nhưng nhìn ngược lại, đó cũng là cơ hội tốt để xây dựng nên những giá trị mới tốt đẹp hơn, như cách mạng nữ quyền đã làm được- thay đổi huyền thoại về vai trò tuyệt đối của nam giới thành sự bình đẳng cho mọi giới. Với bình đẳng sắc tộc, với bảo vệ môi trường và chung sống hòa bình cũng vậy. Đó là thông điệp tuyệt vời mà cuối tập 2 đã đem lại. Đó cũng là điểm mình thích ở sách của Yuval Noah Harari - không chỉ là lịch sử, không chỉ là nhân học, mà là rất nhiều quan điểm tiến bộ và nhân văn.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Els

    Sapiens - Een beeldverhaal 2 - De pijlers van de beschaving, door Yuval Noah Harari, David Vandermeulen en Daniel Casanave Het vervolg van een meesterwerk In navolging van deel 1: Het ontstaan van de mensheid, verscheen het tweede deel onder de titel Sapiens, De pijlers van de beschaving. Ook in dit boek onderzoekt Harari hoe we als mens doorheen de geschiedenis geëvolueerd zijn. Ditmaal bekijkt hij de tot standkoming van de menselijke beschaving. Het merendeel van de vragen die hij hierbij stelt Sapiens - Een beeldverhaal 2 - De pijlers van de beschaving, door Yuval Noah Harari, David Vandermeulen en Daniel Casanave Het vervolg van een meesterwerk In navolging van deel 1: Het ontstaan van de mensheid, verscheen het tweede deel onder de titel Sapiens, De pijlers van de beschaving. Ook in dit boek onderzoekt Harari hoe we als mens doorheen de geschiedenis geëvolueerd zijn. Ditmaal bekijkt hij de tot standkoming van de menselijke beschaving. Het merendeel van de vragen die hij hierbij stelt hebben de duidelijke ondertoon ‘hoe is het zo fout kunnen lopen?’. Wat dreef de eerste mensen in de oudheid van gelukkige jagers en plukkers naar hebzuchtige landbouwers? Op welke wijze werd de vrouw in een onderdrukte positie gedreven? En hoe hebben verhalen en religies onze maatschappijen gevormd en misvormd? Net als in het eerste deel van Sapiens brengt dit beeldverhaal vele antwoorden op deze vragen. Door de vele sprongen van heden naar verleden en de soms ludieke vertelwijze worden zelfs de meest moeilijke thema’s behapbaar. De vlotte tekenstijl en heldere inkleuring maken dit beeldverhaal van maar liefst 253 pagina’s een ware pageturner. Mochten alle schoolboeken voor de les geschiedenis zo gebracht worden, leerlingen zouden zich geen moment vervelen en uitkijken naar een volgende les. Of nog beter: neem Sapiens, een beeldverhaal, op als standaardwerk in de les. Het zal een eye-opener zijn voor velen!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vivien Ágnes

    Sapiens fan vagyok. Sajnos nem tudok erről a könyvről elfogulatlanul írni.. 1 évet vártam rá és 1 nap alatt ki is olvastam. Mindenkinek a kezébe adnám, függetlenül attól, hogy milyen témában szeret olvasni. Sőt, tovább megyek. Szerintem olyan értékeket tartalmaz, amiket igenis tanítani kéne az iskolában, hogy másképp álljanak az emberek egymáshoz és a természethez is. Zseniális. Nincs is rá ennél jobb szó.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon Grant

    More interesting exploration of the grand sweep of history... Some is familiar, some could do with more detail, but in general this is an excellent introduction to current research on the history of civilisation.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Jane

    Once again I loved this format for the Sapiens books. I just think it’s such an engaging way to look at history and I’m disappointed that I can’t find the publishing date for the next volume because I am loving the increased focus on fictions that we live by.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Liesl Andrico

    This book made me think, made me question, and engaged me fully. I recommend it highly. Well written exploration of what makes us human by relooking at current data and new insights in anthropology.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    Disappointed. I saw the author's name and rushed to download it not realizing it is a comic book-style novel. I lost interest after half the first chapter. Disappointed. I saw the author's name and rushed to download it not realizing it is a comic book-style novel. I lost interest after half the first chapter.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rita Thadani

    Love the format… makes for a fun and engaging read! Can’t wait for Vol. 3!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Marcel Schwarz

    Not as interesting as the first one but still pretty good

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dale Alan Bryant

    Just a quick note...Harari makes some good points, and states some basic, forgotten (squashed), truths. Sometimes, cynical; sometimes, latently, religious.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Wonderful book

  26. 5 out of 5

    Trina

    3.5 very good but I liked the first one better. I think it's because I'm more willing to read in depth about more recent time and thus the graphic feels sparse. 3.5 very good but I liked the first one better. I think it's because I'm more willing to read in depth about more recent time and thus the graphic feels sparse.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michiel

    Wederom echt super! Het hele idee van verhalen, en hun kracht in een samenleving wordt echt heel duidelijk gemaakt.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jovany Agathe

  29. 5 out of 5

    Darrell

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gary E

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