21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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.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 ...

Details 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Title21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherSpiegel & Grau
GenreNonfiction, History, Philosophy, Science, Politics, Culture, Society, Psychology, Cultural, Education, Audiobook

Reviews 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • Anni
    It's Life as we know it, Jim! (But 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 am 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Anni
    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...
  • SueLucie
    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...
  • Lou
    Yuval Noah Harari, author of 'Sapiens', which looked at the history of mankind and 'Homo Deus' which looked to the future, is back with '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' a book which very much explores present day issues. As I enjoyed his previous two books I was excited to delve into this collection to see how it would compare. Just as accessible as the others it discusses important topical issues such as fake news, immigration, terrorism, and c...
  • SueKich
    Brainstorming the future.Superstar publishing phenomenon Yuval Noah Harari has racked up 12 million sales of his books, Sapiens and Homo Deus. From talking about the past, he now turns to the future. Some of it we already know of course – artificial intelligence, algorithms – but as he goes into the ramifications of this rapidly-evolving technology, it’s scary stuff: the systems that will know us better than we know ourselves, the lack of m...
  • 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...
  • Greg Swierad
    Next book by Yuval Noah Harari. I would say, it's the bestselling author, but it would not be said enough. Amount the top 10 most rated books on Goodreads (in the category of non-fiction books), two books are written by him! Sapiens is in third position and Homo Deus on 7h. What's more, his book Sapiens has the highest rating among the top 100 most popular books on Goodreads.Based on the statistics, I can say that Yuvan is currently the best writ...
  • 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...
  • Jonas
    litt mindre sammenhengende enn de forrige to og av og til en repetisjon av dem, men solid ''i det hele tatt,,
  • Henri
    4.5*Haven't read Sapiens or Home Deus so cannot compare to those. Very well written, and fantastically engaging. I felt as if some bits were not needed though and i could not help but feel that conclusion spirals into a self help type of advertisement for meditation and free thinking. Not sure whether much personal stuff was called for, although author's explanation in the end as to why he mentioned his own experiences does justify this partly. W...
  • RaeAnna Rekemeyer
    A really interesting read that had me on the verge of an existential crisis.
  • 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...
  • Tõnu Vahtra
    It was definitely a good book and I finished it in 3 days but I would not rate it with 5 stars as Sapiens and Homo Deus. Both Harari's previous books offered many unheard insights to me whereas there was less information in this one that was completely new to me. Still it is a good summary for someone who wants to get quick reference to key challenges for humanity in the beginning of 21th century. Other sources should be sought for deep-dive into...
  • Michael Scott
    To-do full review:i A book about the main topics of discussion today? I'm interested and open to argument and nuance, just make it worthwhile.--- Overall, it reads like a run of the mill survey of key political, technical, and economical topics in the typical direction taken by The Economist, Politico, The New York Times, and The Guardian. Unfortunately, I happen to read these regularly so the summary here is not worth the extra effort, and I fin...
  • Charlie
    Another hit from Yuval Noah Harari. He clears up confusion and clearly explains the issues surrounding political divides, immigration, fake news, war, terrorism, technology and others. Much of the content, such people thinking in stories, will be familiar if you have read his previous books. It builds on the two earlier books.
  • Heleen Osse
    Harari flikt het weer! Erg interessant boek waarin je blijft lezen. Van Trump tot #MeToo, van terrorisme tot de Brexit, alle hedendaagse problemen komen voorbij. Aanrader!
    What is going to happen in the future and mostly how are we going to deal with the changes that are coming very fast towards us? The author doesn't give us easy solutions, but helps us to deeply understand some of the challenges we are facing even the one we were not even suspecting, or at last I wasn't. Well written and interesting and also sometimes funny, another good book from the author of Sapiens.Cosa ci aspetta in un futuro nemmeno troppo ...
  • 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.
  • 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 booksThrough this book YNH doesn't actually try to give in any solutions/ lessons to the problems, he wrote it to actually to highlight the problems we have becuz he felt that we are actually distracted from what the real pr...
  • Diane Hernandez
    The 21 Lessons for the 21st Century cover five broad areas: technology, politics, despair and hope, truth and resilience.In the 1990s, it appeared that liberalism had won its war with communism and facism. Even Russia had become, nominally at least, democratic. During the Trump and Brexit era, liberalism is once again on the ropes. Trump has an agenda of liberty only for Americans with a wall forcing foreigners to stay out. England, with Brexit, ...
  • Fail Fish
    "We think we know a lot, even though individually we know very little, because we treat knowledge in the minds of others as if it were our own"We may all individually know very little, but Yuval Noah Harari seems to have more insight than most - and he presents a beautifully unbiased account of where humanity is at at this point in time, and what this might mean for the future. It is very difficult in this day and age to have a serious discussion...
  • 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...