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Jonathan Cape, September 2018

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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Yuval Noah Harari returns in August 2018 with a new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. In bringing his focus to the here and now, Harari will help us to grapple with a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend, encouraging us to focus our minds on the essential questions we should be asking ourselves today.

Employing his trademark entertaining and lucid style, Harari will examine some of the world's most urgent issues, including terrorism, fake news and immigration, as well as turning to more individual concerns, from resilience and humility to meditation.

Reviewed by Bill

Bill is the Buyer for Boffins, so blame him when you don’t find the book you want. He reads widely, particularly non-fiction, and reviews books monthly on Wednesdays with Gareth Parker on radio station 6PR.

I’m sure many readers will be familiar with historian Harari’s earlier books Sapiens, which surveys the entire length of human history, from the evolution of Homo sapiens in the Stone Age up to the political and technological revolutions of the 21st century, and Homo Deus, which examines possibilities of the future of Homo sapiens. 

Harari’s new book looks at now – at our present-day concerns. As an historian, he’s adept at setting them in the context of centuries of human evolution.

Religion, Nationalism, Factory-Farming, Technology, Immigration, Terrorism, Liberal Democracy, Work – they’re all discussed in nice digestible chunks over 350 pages.


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