* THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *
'If you read just one book about how the modern world is driving us crazy, read this one'
'This book is exactly what the world needs right now . . . Worth your time and certainly worth your focus'
'A beautifully researched and argued exploration of the breakdown of humankind's ability to pay attention'
'A really important book . . . Everyone should read it'
Why have we lost our ability to focus? What are the causes? And, most importantly, how do we get it back?
For Stolen Focus, internationally bestselling author Johann Hari went on a three-year journey to uncover the reasons behind our shortening attention spans. He interviewed the leading experts in the world on attention, and learned that everything we think about this subject is wrong.
We think our inability to focus is a personal failing – a flaw in each one of us. It is not. This has been done to all of us by powerful external forces. Our focus has been stolen. Johann discovered there are twelve deep cases of this crisis, all of which have robbed some of our attention. He shows us how in a thrilling journey that ranges from Silicon Valley dissidents, to a favela in Rio where attention vanished, to an office in New Zealand that found a remarkable way to restore our attention.
Crucially, he learned how – as individuals, and as a society – we can get our focus back, if we are determined to fight for it.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A failure to hold attention is something that, if we’re honest, blights us all. There are, bestselling author Johann Hari succinctly explains here, plenty of understandable reasons for this as we navigate our demanding lives, but despite the cavalcade of self-help fixes on offer, solving this crisis is a lot more complex. In this absorbing read, Hari travels the world—from Brazil to New Zealand—to meet those attacking the issue in ways beyond simply “deleting your social media accounts”. These rich experiences (and the often extreme solutions Hari is introduced to) mean this becomes a gripping, high-stakes read full of tangible ways we might all enhance our attention spans.
Everyone needs to read this book.