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  • Written by: Fareed Zakaria
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Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

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Publisher's Summary

COVID-19 is speeding up history, but how? What is the shape of the world to come?

Lenin once said, “There are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen.” This is one of those times when history has sped up. 

CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria helps listeners to understand the nature of a post-pandemic world: the political, social, technological, and economic impacts that may take years to unfold. In the form of 10 straightforward “lessons”, covering topics from globalization and threat-preparedness to inequality and technological advancement, Zakaria creates a structure for listeners to begin thinking beyond the immediate impacts of COVID-19. 

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World speaks to past, present, and future, and, while urgent and timely, is sure to become an enduring staple.

©2020 Fareed Zakaria. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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a must read, extremely informative,

A must read, extremely informative. Could not take a break from listening and complete the book in one sitting.

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Overall interesting, but not a lot of substance to take away

The book starts on the right foot. Factual and to some degree an independent view. Toward the end, it becomes a very much CNN narrative.

I was also disappointed when views towards right and wrong were directly stated, mostly in motherhood statements, without any practical way how to achieve such utopian scenarios. Each political school of thought comes with priorities that would result in compromises and short comings, while achieving what is considered as their priority goals. One cannot be without the other. There are parts of this book that doesn’t seem to recognize the reality of this world and stretches into the realm of a utopian world.

Overall I enjoyed listening to this book and finished it relatively quickly as it is very easy to listen to. It is very much like having the CNN on, while multitasking!

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A well written and very insightful book

Well researched and informative book. It is thought provoking and critically presents a picture of world after Covid

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A must read

A truly fascinating book by a truly fascinating man. This was my first book by Fareed Zakaria but it will certainly not be my last.

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A Most Insightful Read,

This is very well thought out and well written book, Accolades to Fareed Zakaria.

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amazing book

very nicely laid out and clearly articulated. loved it. I recommend you read it.

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Some good points and insights...dubious conclusion

He mentions that we need to become antifragile and then purposes ideas that would make us more fragile. His research into the WHO is shallow, and most of his premises are based on a false or incomplete narrative. More original thoughts and insights would be useful along with less ideology.

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Mixed Feelings!

This well-researched book provides a fascinating discussion of the state of the world in the middle of 2020. Its premise is that the current pandemic will accelerate pre-existing global trends and it proceeds accordingly to discuss these in significant detail. It centres on the United States but soundly integrates current information from around the world as well as historical references, in some cases all the way from Antiquity.

Once through, however, many may find it difficult to remember the so-called ten “lessons” that were promised. Here, they are, word for word:

1. Buckle up.
2. What matters is not the quantity of government but the quality.
3. Markets are not enough.
4. People should listen to the experts _ and experts should listen to the people.
5. Life is digital.
6. Aristotle was right _ we are social animals.
7. Inequality will get worse.
8. Globalization is not dead.
9. The world is becoming bipolar.
10. Sometimes, the greatest realists are the idealists.

Patently, many of these are not “lessons” since they do not in any way flow from the pandemic and have little to do with preventing a new one or better managing it. In fact, health issues are not developed significantly in the book. Thus, its title is wildly misleading, and it could have been more appropriately called “Where the World is Headed After the Pandemic”. Whether or not this deception was a conscious marketing choice, many readers will feel manipulated and disgruntled, despite the worth of what is actually presented.

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A great book

a great book. worth to read more than once. the historic references are incredibly interesting. thanks a lot.

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Very interesting

A good listen. Thought provoking and a good history lesson too.
If you are interested in Global relations, this is well worth the listen.

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  • Frances J. Freeman
  • 2020-10-11

SADLY HOPEFUL

Like too many Americans, my educational background in economics is weak. Therefore, much of Zakaria’s narrative was a valuable learning experience. The vision communicated transformed what we are experiencing from a miserable personal narrative into a pivotal point in human history. Given my age, it is unlikely I will live to know whether the most dire predictions come true or whether the optimistic possibilities are achieved. I am giving copies of the book to the young adults I love most.

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  • jersey outdoors
  • 2020-12-20

Who edited this? Do you even listen?

An excellent work marred by the fact that the narration is poorly edited. It is hard to follow when the narration skips the first part of many so sentences! Audible, you can fix this. Please do.

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  • Constance L. Brown
  • 2020-10-10

A Hope for the Post-pandemic World

A must read for every American! Well thought out and astute. It gives me hope for America to improve our current standing in the world.

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  • Corey Hampton RN MSN International Travel Nurse Consultant
  • 2020-10-18

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Excellent narrator, very informative 👏 accurate information, very interesting!
I am blown away with the amount of profound research and knowledge provided in this book.
Thank you very much for writing this book, it cleared up a lot of misinformation from past events.
Great Book!
I recommend to my family, friends, colleagues and coworkers .

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  • rosy austin
  • 2020-10-21

A serious scholarly work.

A serious scholarly work, certainly not 10 things to do to protect yourself. Required reading for world leaders and diplomats, CEO’s and globalists.

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  • Reiley
  • 2021-04-16

Fareed, the leftist ideologue

Fareed had a great opportunity to write thorough analysis, but instead let his leftist indoctrination dominate his writing. He took regular editorial liberties throughout the book. He repeatedly attempted to rewrite history in order to craft a narrative that would support his globalist takes. He also needs to get over his hatred for Donald Trump. His hatred clouded his analysis. His repeated lies about the president ultimately puts into question the credibility of analysis.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-08

Author lacks contextual perspective

This story is contradictory. One text is the contemporary thought our live stock for meat consumption is awful and our selfishness to animals yet where is a condemnation for govt subsidies for generations to NOT use for grazing or farming? Maybe farming with irrigation, nature and technological applications to grow effectively could be applied and protect family business and US food supplies!
How about the discussions on our ‘closer proximity’ to animals causes the virus spread- bats in Texas an example. Well contextually government tree huggers made city not stop natural migration so now it’s like an infestation. How about tree highest stopping natural undergrowth to be taken care of to reduce fires pollution and overall destruction in California-their politicians in power drive true scientists put for optics of once again ‘saving us’ from ourselves.

What about the discussions related to economies and control? We need flexibility and we need technology to protect assets (banking, houses, etc.) not government/UN control. Why doesn’t the author see this is why US growth stalled after WWII to 80’s when he refers to regulations were removed to free market controls. Did banks/mortgage entities take advantage of loopholes/like Jeff Skilling? Of course but that was issue -people in control with nefariousness- technology and renewed common sense has been re-introduced -greater good for all not handful of interested industries like insurance, utilities etc.
Finally what works in US and probably 1st world long time developed eco systems can’t be projected on to 2nd world countries, like those coming out of USSR in Eastern Europe or ideas coming from Brussels-those experiences and their inhabitants needs and expectations are totally different-therefore different infrastructure needs like housing, roads, jobs, self supporting and self sustaining economic activity and health needs. Are all global inhabitants hooked into a uniform approach to vaccines,antibiotics and even aspirins? No? Then let’s focus on what is important to the people by country by level of growth and their available market will work with flexibility to meet their needs not some world order. No regulatory mommy need apply - just governments with integrity for their people. If not nefarious governments should be stopped to muck up the rest of the world order -oh wait the US and her allies used to protect the greater good, right? Context man!! Get more info before throwing a book together

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  • Jacqueline C. Adams
  • 2020-11-26

A must read or listen

I like the author reading this book - the tempo was perfect and really kept me engaged to the message. This book was very helpful to me as to where America is today and (Pandemic and all) very enlightening. I am no longer in the dark where information is only influenced by the media - it has grown outside of a one-sided view. I believe that this book is meant for anyone who have a real curiosity to where the world is today and I highly recommend it. It is one of the best books I listened to this year.

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  • A. Stowe
  • 2020-10-20

Insightful and thought provoking

This book is an insightful and thought provoking analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It zooms in and out, providing both a 10,000-foot view of past, present, and potential future and a sufficiently detailed analysis of the current situation to draw meaningful conclusions. This book presents a hopeful message. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Santa Fe Girl
  • 2020-10-16

Excellent and timely analysis

This is a very important book which looks at the current global pandemic as an opportunity for a more prosperous and better connected world order. It is incredibly well researched and I am in awe at the speed with which it has been written and published. For anyone wondering what the world will look like post pandemic, this is a must read. Fareed Zakaria is a brilliant thinker, a gifted writer and a national treasure. My close friends and family will be receiving copies of this book for Christmas.

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