#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 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 of readers. 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 reading.
“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)
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Following on the massive success of Sapiens and Homo Deus, Israeli historian and bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari turns his gimlet eye to our not-so-distant future. In his latest punchy compendium, Harari tackles many of our most pressing issues, offering thoughtful analyses of topics like what artificial intelligence means for our careers and how to determine whether a news source is legit. What makes his 21 Lessons more than mere lectures is the deep vein of philosophical thought and moral clarity. It’s heady stuff but, thanks to Harari’s expressive prose, it’s also hugely engaging.
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Let’s consider the book a journey ..a long journey. It starts out in the verdant lush forests with pristine creeks flowing giving off great energy. Then quickly you enter the desert with endless vistas that become weary and repetitive. You begin to sleepwalk just to get through. Finally a clump of grass, a spindly tree and before you once again the forest beckons. As your journey winds down you see clarity again and nourished and thankful to be out of the desert.
This book try’s to be something it isn’t...a hundred pages at most with crisp editing would have been powerful and profound.
Interesting ideas but too many words
This book has interesting points but I do not like the authors writing style. It reads like an easy you write in college where there is a minimum word count requirement. I found myself getting annoyed while reading because the author could have easily express his ideas using less words.
A truly provocative book. The author’s intellectual reach is displayed throughout with precision. This was a difficult read for me but ultimately a deeply satisfying one. The author does not gloss over the immense challenges facing this century on our planet both collectively and personally, yet he does so in a way that offers the reader reasons to be optimistic about the future as well. I would highly recommend ‘21 Lessons...’ to everyone who feels dissatisfied with the current human narrative and wants a deeper understanding of the experience.