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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)

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 twenty-one 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.

Praise for 21 Lessons for the 21st Century:

"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)

"A sobering and tough-minded perspective on bewildering new vistas." (Booklist)

©2018 Yuval Noah Harari (P)2018 Random House Audio

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A world controlled by cognitive dissonance

Yuval Harari is a Historian, Philosopher, Scientist, Futurist, and formost a thinker of the 21 century. This is rare in a world of specialist, and indeed his books reveal connections from multidisciplinary subjects no others have achieved. It’s always a real pleasure digesting his intellect.

In 21 Lessons for the 21st century he does not disappoint. He reveals the present dilemma facing the world. Nationalism does not resolve global problems such as Global Warming, Global unemployment due to automation, or Nuclear threats, Genetic Engineering, and other high risk high reward scientific endeavours. Only a global authority can act, failing which nations will accelerate threats to get ahead.

Tragedy of the commons has just gone global, and danger looms if we don’t act sensibly. Understanding our cognitive dissonance, and biases, and accepting we are part of a global community is something discussed in a convincing manner. Delving to what is real and what is fiction Harari opens our eyes to how such fallacies control our lives.

A highly recommended read, along with his other books.

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Disappointing

This is what happens when a brilliant thinker writes a book not because he has a book's worth of stuff to say, but because his publisher wanted another book. A plodding series of discontinuous, half-formed thoughts, unjustified therefores, and banal conclusions. If you've read Sapiens and Homo Deus, you'll find almost nothing new in this book. If you haven't read them, you'll find an author drawing conclusions from the most threadbare of observations. Not quite a waste of time and money, but awfully close.

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Good stuff, but mostly repeats

I loved Sapiens and Dues, recommended to many friends and family. I was really excited for this book but was disappointed as so much of it was repeat from earlier books, it felt like the Cliff Notes for Dues. If I hadn't read the other books this would be 5* all the way, but I did...

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story of human kind

this is an essential read as:
1. it shows the most logical explanation of current state of the humanity
2. it tries to explain how we got here
3. it offers a basis for real discussions to happen without too much confusion for to closed mindsets
4. it dispels most important biases that humanity faces without even realizing it.
5. it concludes with a path to understanding the world within by introspection.

a must read for every sapien

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All 3 of his books were amazing

I find Yuval very insightful and his views are very unbiased and open! I have enjoyed all his books so far.

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A superb book by a very good thinker

This book should be read from cover to cover. It deserves and rewards careful contemplation.

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not nearly as good as his first two.

unfortunately sapien's is by far his best book, homo Deus his second, and this one is a few steps down from homo Deus

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If only all humans and political/religious leaders could read this book.

Simply incredible. He’s done it again, for third time. The way Yuval presents information, most especially the things we take for granted, is thought-provoking, challenging, and what I consider to be the kind of writing that makes me a more thoughtful and well-rounded person.

People like Yuval and Sam Harris are too smart to get involved with this, but if they were at the highest level of decision-making in our political and cultural leadership the world would certainly be a better place.

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Decent. Not great. Too much speculative philosophy

21 was a slight disappointment. It's more philosophizing and speculating about this and that as opposed to fact and research driven insights like in Homo Deus or Sapiens. That's fine but my throughout this book I couldn't shake this feeling Mr Harari is on a ego driven mission to become yet another "thought leader" of sorts. We'll see how his career trajectory pans out but personally I prefer his research and data driven material.
Derek Perkins, who also narrated Sapiens, is excellent as always.

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Great intellectual entertainment with anticlimax

The book is 90% intellectual entertainment, largely borrowed from last two books. I still enjoyed listening to it as the concepts and arguments are very revealing and not always obvious. However, all the argument seemed to be entertaining and disconnected from chapter to chapter rather than logically leading to a conclusion at the end of the book. my favorite chapter was 20 which essentially concluded that life has no meaning and everything we ascribe to is an attempt to construct a story for us. until this point, I felt author was intellectually honest, even though the conclusion makes for a very difficult life going forward (with no meaning). but then author fell into the very trap he asked people to avoid by constructing a story based on vipasana, mind, observing self and other spiritual stuff that cannot withstand a honest intellectual debate. only thing I can maybe agree to is the mystery of consciousness but that doesn't given us enough meaning to answer life's big questions. also, according to author, AI can manipulate our mind in the future which by logic concludes that mind is not but biochemical reactions and therefore cannot be "reality".

despite criticism, I still recommend this book of you haven't read last two books and if you have focus on chapter 20 and maybe 21 (if you don't mind anticlimax)

4 of 6 people found this review helpful