History professor Yuval Noah Harari led a life of relative obscurity teaching at Hebrew University of Jerusalem until 2014, when he compiled his lectures and published a book, “Sapiens,” about the history of humankind. The book was originally published with the expectation that a couple of “history geeks” would find it interesting. Little did Harari know, “Sapiens” would go on to be translated into 65 languages and land on the New York Times bestseller list for 96 consecutive weeks, taking the world by storm and vaulting Harari among the world’s most influential public intellectuals.
Recently, 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper sat down with Harari to discuss his work, his life, and his now three best-selling books that brief readers on the history of mankind while proposing where the species could be headed in the future.
Watch the interview here