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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

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 Signal

What the critics say

“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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having a hard time buying these arguments

I imagine these were entertaining speculations in a grad seminar, but as a uniform thesis about the state of the world and our future direction, this book just seems weak and uninspiring/uninspired. I found the prognostications to be unconvincing, incomplete and selective. Had much higher expectations.

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dreadful ramble with no useful solutions

Harari's book is a labyrinth of arguments and counter arguments drowning in the web of 1st world biotechinfoteck mumbo jumbo. The planet earth is a very big place, with vibrant cultures not hooked to shallow narcissistic social media. People eat, dance, celebrate festivals together...and live without Zuckerberg's ether community. Nor are they looking to algirythms to help them make decisions. Written by someone who spends his life inside first world tech cocoons. Harari, it seems, has fallen victim to his own concepts and algorythms and writes from inside his silo, a dark and very narrow place. Suffocating book.

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Amazing book.

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I have finished first two chapters and will update with more detail review. I am fasinated by how he exaplain the theories. cant wait to finish the book.

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excellent

very well thought out and put together. certainly seems he's figured out what being a humain being is all about.

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amazing book must read

very helpful for navigating the 22st century. highly recommend. the part about meditation was especially useful

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the human evolution handbook

this work is a significant contribution to our understanding of humanity and it's plight in the future. making this book part of High School curriculum would be a wonderful gift for future Generations. we should all strive to emulate the author's ability to critically assess situations and elevate the level of human discourse and decision-making.

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fascinating and connecting

it's funny how many connections are made between outliers, how emotions are made, freakonomics and the power of vulnerability.

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great listen!

awesome and insightful reading. Loved every minute! I would recommend every minute of it to my friends

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I'm not sure where the 21 lessons are. I'm several chapters in, and the book is really about AI and jobs for the most part. The author seems to speak to the same ideas over and over again coming back to artificial intelligence, big data and biotech.

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awesome

Fascinating and very relevant. hard to stop listening. another great book like sapiens and Homo deus.