Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
A terrific book – very well written, a flowing narrative, logically organised, and, most importantly of all – very thought provoking. This is one of the best human history books I’ve read for a long time. I would have liked a little more on the Cognitive Revolution, but, hey, you can’t have everything. The sections on capitalism, religion and empire were excellent – shades of Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs & Steel, but that is no bad thing. Highly recommended.