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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In Sapiens, he explored our past. In Homo Deus, he looked to our future. Now, one of the innovative thinkers on the earth turns to the present to make sense of today’s most pressing issues.

“Fascinating . . . a a very powerful 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 handle the epidemic of fake news? Are nations and religions still relevant? What will have to 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 wish to ask ourselves with a view to continue to exist.

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 are we able to retain freedom of choice when Big Data is watching us? What’s going to the future workforce look like, and how will have to we ready ourselves for it? How will have to we handle the specter 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 believe 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 latest challenges clearly and accessibly, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is very important reading.

Praise for 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

“If there were this type of 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 respond to a persistent question: ‘What is occurring on the planet today, and what’s the deep meaning of these events?’”BookPage (top pick)

“A sobering and tough-minded perspective on bewildering new vistas.”Booklist (starred review)
An Amazon Best Book of September 2018: It’s hard to believe having as many deep thoughts as Yuval Noah Harari. His 2015 book, Sapiens, examined the human race through the vectors of history and biology, illuminating how each has influenced our behavior and evolution. Two years later, Homo Deus took us in the wrong way, predicting the profound changes we can undergo as technology becomes an increasing number of intertwined in our lives and bodies. Just a year and a half later, Harari turns his attention to more immediate concerns. The usage of the same tack-sharp lens as his previous books, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century addresses urgent, shape-shifting topics a good way to shape our present and near future, including nationalism, religion, immigration, artificial intelligence, and even the nature of Truth—in other words, everything you are not supposed to speak about at Thanksgiving. Harari isn’t all the time reassuring, and he’s certainly unafraid of questions challenging widely held views on both global and personal scales, i.e. yours. His quest isn’t to tear holes in belief systems, but to expand conversations and strip the -isms that channel us into predictably intractable stand-offs. Calling any book “urgent” or “a should-read” is almost all the time hyperbolic, even shrill. But especially now, 21 Lessons fits the bill. —Jon Foro, Amazon Book Review

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