21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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Number One New York Times Best Seller

In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the most innovative thinkers on the planet turns to the present to make sense of today’s most pressing issues.

"Fascinating...a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the twenty-first century." (Bill Gates, The New York Times Book Review)

Named one of the best books of the year by Financial Times and Pamela Paul, KQED.  

How do computers and robots change the meaning of being human? How do we deal with the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What should we teach our children?

Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today’s most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive.

In 21 accessible chapters that are both provocative and profound, Harari builds on the ideas explored in his previous books, untangling political, technological, social, and existential issues and offering advice on how to prepare for a very different future from the world we now live in: How can we retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What will the future workforce look like, and how should we ready ourselves for it? How should we deal with the threat of terrorism? Why is liberal democracy in crisis?

Harari’s unique ability to make sense of where we have come from and where we are going has captured the imaginations of millions. Here he invites us to consider values, meaning, and personal engagement in a world full of noise and uncertainty. When we are deluged with irrelevant information, clarity is power. Presenting complex contemporary challenges clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is essential listening.

"If there were such a thing as a required instruction manual for politicians and thought leaders, Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century would deserve serious consideration. In this collection of provocative essays, Harari...tackles a daunting array of issues, endeavoring to answer a persistent question: 'What is happening in the world today, and what is the deep meaning of these events?'" (BookPage, top pick)

©2018 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2018 Signal

Critic Reviews

“Truly mind-expanding...Ultra-topical...Harari’s big selling point [is] the ambition and breadth of his work, smashing together unexpected ideas into dazzling observations.” (The Guardian)

“This well-informed and searching book is one to be savored and widely discussed.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

“Erudite, illuminating, vivid. [Harari’s] lessons suggest new ways of thinking about current problems...a splendid, sobering, stirring call to arms.” (Sunday Times)
 

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Eye-opening Listen

At first, I was ready to return this book...then I gave it a chance and was solidly hooked. The premises that are proposed Harari are all around us - he presents the "what ifs" and the "think about that" that make you look at everything in a new way. What is revealed is that we live in a complicated and at times scary world. Highly recommended.

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Fantastic

These books by Harari, (this one, Sapiens, and Homo Deus) are the type of books that are referenced in history as the starting point or inspiration for world changing leaders

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Over-rated and celebrated

The author makes up what he claims are commonly held assumptions about the world then dismantles them. Nice writing exercise but it ends up being a well written dismantling of nothing.

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excellent, dynamic, entertaining

excellent, dynamic, entertaining
not all of the Expanse books are at the same level, but this one is one of the best

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A rant on meditation

The first couple chapters were good but then it became a bit of a rant on all things organized (government, science, religion)

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Meandering

Doesn't hold a candle to his two previous books. Derivative. Better to read Prefiction Machines and other analyses of our day. Even Stephen Harper s book Right Here and Now

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