Who do you recommend instead?
The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond
Harari's books are decent entertrainment and popular science, nobody pretends them to be Nature-worthy articles
or, you know, eating each other.
I feel like a vast majority of hook ups in human history have been non consensual.
Prehistoric humans are actually small minority of all people that ever lived. It is estimated that about 1 to 2 percent of people who ever lived were born before advent of agriculture.
So, while prehistoric people lived for hundreds of thousands of years, the population tended to be very, very small.
I don't think it's really guaranteed at all. Sexual behavior and courtship (or lack thereof) varies a lot over different species and I don't think I've personally seen much to indicate one way or the other what early human or pre-human behavior would have been.
You know, movies are pretty bad at very easy and tangible things like physics. The can't adequately show very contemporary activities like hacking or programming. How accurate do you think is portrayal of prehistoric cultures in mainstream entertainment movies and TV shows?
I'm not arguing that anyone thought it was non-consensual then, because I don't think it's appropriate to try to apply modern emancipative thinking to societies of previous millennia, but one could certainly argue it.
Women couldn't vote in the U.S. until 1920. That's closer to today than it is to the founding of the country. These are relatively new and human history is much much older.
~100 billion humans ever lived
~60 billion since 0 AD.
Let's say since 0 AD, 10% of the average person's lifetime encounters are non-consensual, while the ancient human had 33% non-consensual. These proportions are totally made-up by me.
Anyway, that would give us .33 * 40 + .1 * 60 = 19.2% of all intercouse being non-consensual. It seems like any reasonable estimate would put the number well below 50% just given how many modern people there are.
Go back far enough and my assumption is there's a lot of pleasureful promiscuity going on, just look at bonobos.