January 1, 2023

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

We had heard many positive things about this book (more than 68,000 reviews on Amazon!), so we decided to move it to the top of our always growing ‘to-read’ book pile. Don’t start this book with any looming deadlines; you will likely have a hard time putting it down, and it’s a very thorough book. Although the book is massive in scope, covering early human history through today, with insights ranging from philosophy to capitalism, we found important takeaways for the growth and maintenance of an investment firm. The emergence of language more than 30,000 years ago likely led to the success of the Homo sapien versus the more imposing Neanderthal as it promoted social cooperation in extremely flexible ways. We think the best, at least those with the most promising future, asset management firms are those that can rally around a core set of principles and philosophy during both the good and the inevitable bad times.

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