21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MILLION COPY BESTSELLER SAPIENSSapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present. In this new book, Harari helps us to grapple with a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war, ecological cataclysms and technological disruptions? What can we do about the epidemic of fake news? Which civilization domina...

Details 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Title21 Lessons for the 21st Century
GenreNonfiction, History, Philosophy, Science, Politics

Reviews 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • Anne HS
    It's Life as we know it, JimOr: Don't ask what it means!'A wise old man was asked what he learned about the meaning of life. ‘Well,’ he answered, ‘I have learned that I here on earth in order to help other people. What I still haven’t figured out is why the other people are here.’As Harari explains: “We are now living in an age of information explosion … the last thing people need is more information. What they really need is somebo...
  • Anton
    As always, masterful and exquisite non-fiction writing as we come to expect from Mr Harari. Delightful, wise and very perceptive. This book can be seen as an expansion and a companion to Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. The attention of this volume is focused on the Present as opposed to Past or the Future. Some parts will make you feel inspired, others will sow a despair. But it is a relevant and useful book that will give you a plenty to...
  • Anne HS
    It's Life as we know it, JimOr: Don't ask what it means!'A wise old man was asked what he learned about the meaning of life. ‘Well,’ he answered, ‘I have learned that I here on earth in order to help other people. What I still haven’t figured out is why the other people are here.’As Harari explains: “We are now living in an age of information explosion … the last thing people need is more information. What they really need is somebo...
  • Krista
    Humans have always lived in the age of post-truth. Homo sapiens is a post-truth species, whose power depends on creating and believing fictions. Ever since the Stone Age, self-reinforcing myths have served to unite human collectives. Indeed, Homo sapiens conquered this planet thanks above all to the unique human ability to create and spread fictions.As Yuval Noah Hurari states in his introduction, his book Sapiens was about the deep past of human...
  • Sue
    I am becoming quite an evangelist for this book. I am keen to discuss it with everyone I know and, when it is published in a couple of months, I’ll be making sure they all read it. Perceptive and witty, seriously well researched, I was mesmerised by Harari’s take on the world as it is now and how it could be in the near future. He is the first to admit he doesn’t have all the answers to solve modern dilemmas but he is a whiz at distilling c...
  • Hayli
    Sapiens explored the past, Homo Deus transported us to the future and 21 Lessons leaves us in the very real, very tragic present. Did I like it more than Sapiens? Yes. Did I like it more than Homo Deus? I don't know yet. Nobody can doubt that Harari is an excellent writer I'm just not sure if his subject matter is entirely what I want to read. On the one hand I commend him for being so accessible to those who want to learn more about the evolutio...
  • David Wineberg
    Society 101Yuval Harari is well known for his books Sapiens and Homo Deus. He has decided to squander his reputation on a book called 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. The basic problem is that every chapter is the subject of whole shelves of books, and putting them all in one book cannot possibly do them justice. What we have left is a set of 21 editorials, which might inform the totally uninformed, but provide little insight and no solutions. As...
  • Jonas
    litt mindre sammenhengende enn de forrige to og av og til en repetisjon av dem, men solid ''i det hele tatt,,
  • Avid
    Another hit for yuval noah harari, “21 lessons” is a perfect follow-up to “sapiens” and “homo deus”. While the previous two focused more on the history and future of mankind, this one reveals the author’s insights on the individual - motivation, awareness, intelligence, and how we are influenced by education, religion, and experience. As an atheist and secularist, i found much to inspire and focus my thoughts and energy, rendered wi...
  • Jeremy
    Note: I received an ARC from NetGalley.This book was fantastic. I loved reading Homo Deus, which is why I wanted to read this book in the first place. I was a bit cautious about the book, since the title put me off (I don't like titles that are lists), but thankfully the book is not just a big list. Instead, it's a unified whole. Each chapter flows to the next, and the topics are all interesting. I found myself interested in each topic the author...
  • Naqvi Hussain
    Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus looked to the future. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century explores the present.It sounds more like a self help book. Let's see what's in store.....been a big fan of his previous two books
  • Angie Boyter
    Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, a person who studies and writes about the past, but his latest book looks at our present and derives twenty-one lessons intended “to stimulate further thinking and help readers participate in some of the major conversations of our time.” There are a number of books, some of them very well-conceived, about the challenges presented by technology in the 21st century, but 21 Lessons for the 21st Century goes beyo...
  • Steve Pickard
    Reading this book one can't help but feel that humans are on the brink of monumental upheaval. There are important conversations to be had, with critical decisions to be made, and perhaps this type of literature is the frontier for both? The possibility alone makes it quite difficult to submit my review with anything less than a five star rating! I particularly enjoyed the passages on postwork society and Harari's frank analysis of Judaism, which...
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]I read Harari’s two other books (“Sapiens” and “Homo Deus”), and quite liked them, so when this one was available, I couldn’t help but request it. It did turn out to be an interesting read as well, dealing with current problems that we just can’t ignore: global warming, terrorism, the rise of harmful ideologies, etc. It’s definitely not seen throu...
  • Jennie Rosenblum
    ARC provided via NetGalleyI have read the other two books by this author and while I did not love them, I did learn from them and they led to several wonderful conversations with other readers. I do not see that happening with this book. I felt as if this was much more opinion based than a provider of information. Subjects are touched on lightly and solely from the POV of the author. There is also many references to his other works and responses ...
  • Mollie
    Not to be missed. Courageous. Comprehensive.
  • Amanda
    Good book full of insights into the present and potentially the future of mankind. Robots, AI, ownership of data, understanding of ones own mind, and other important topics of interest are all mentioned and explored. I thought this book was very interesting and a mix of both fearful and hopeful. If you wonder about both present day issues our world has and what might come to pass check out this book. Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy in ex...
  • Lorraine Woodall
    What a thought provoking book! It really made me think about how things are likely to be in the future and how things have changed from our past. Initially I wasn’t too sure if it was going to be too heavy a read for me based on the first few pages but I read on and I am glad I did so. The author explains things so well with lots of examples to illustrate his points. I found myself agreeing with views that I had never given any thought to befor...
  • Nic Zimmermann
    Homo Deus was my favourite non fiction book of 2017. It's sequel applies everything he forecast for the future to the present. Accessible, insightful and thought provoking.Here are some great quotes from the book:'Questions you can't answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question.''Most stories are held together by the weight of their roof rather than by the strength of their foundations.''Liberalism has a particularly con...
  • Ron
    Sapiens, also by written Harari, had been on my “to read” list for quite some time. When I finally read it I realized I should have read it sooner. I think Sapiens is a must read book for everyone on the planet. So, of course I was thrilled to have an opportunity to read 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. I was not disappointed. Harari has incredible talent for being able to analyse the world as it is today and project into the future. Touching...
  • Dennis Deery
    Full disclosure, I got a free advance copy of this book from the wonderful NetGalley service. Harari covers a lot of ground in this book, all of it fascinating. He's able to make connections across disparate disciplines like almost no author I've ever read. This book will leave you better educated about changes coming in the future, but more importantly will leave you better positioned to think deeply about those changes and how they will impact ...
  • Andrew
    As usual with Harari, it's very smart. Now it's also briefer. Kind of like On Tyranny on steroids.Having looked at the past and the future, he's taking on the present, tackling some of the big themes of modernity in rapid-fire succession. Democracy, AI, God, humility.All the biggies. One great package.
  • cj1973uk
    I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and I am voluntarily leaving a review.This is the first book from this author that I have read and I found this book to be fascinating and interesting. It is beautifully written and the author has done some serious researching. The book gives you a good insight from the present to potentially the future of mankind. I couldn’t put the book down and would highly recommend readin...
  • Lisa Wright
    This was intense! Harari is a rock star among historians and rightly so. Sapiens and Homo Deus were brilliant investigations into the history of Homo Sapiens. 21 Lessons takes us into the future. It is learned, astute, occasionally funny, and, well, terrifying! While Harari is at pains to explain that this is one person's assessment of what lies ahead of us, when that one person is as brilliant as Harrari it is hard to ignore. This is a must read...
  • Rosie (mrsbunnymum)
    Some chapters interested me less than others, but since humans are the focus of these books, that's to be expected. I also found this to be the case with the first book and yet I still feel compelled to pick them up. In this one he touches on some very thought-provoking topics and some less interesting ones.
  • Avidlyreading Books
    *** ARC provided by Netgalley via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ***This is my first Yuval Noah Harari read. This book took me a while to complete. Harari appears to have researched his subject at length. He discusses past, present and future transitions and their effect on society, correspondingly. It's an interesting and enlightening read.