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21 Lessons for the 21st Century

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Date Fred Read: 
January 2019
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Yuval Noah Harari
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Spiegel & Grau

Prof. Yuval Noah Harari lectures at the Hebrew U. of Jerusalem, specializing in world history. 'Sapiens' (2014) looked deep into our past, 'Homo Deus' (2016) considered far-future scenarios, and '21 Lessons for the 21st Century' (2018) zooms in on the biggest questions of the present era. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)

I was given the hardcover edition, and I give here its website for it has a more detailed table of contents:

[None of the ISBN-10, ISBN-13, or ASIN numbers on Amazon’s websites for the three editions (Kindle, hardcover, or paperback) are recognized by Amazon, thus the ‘no image Circle' appears. I think this new change by Amazon is not good. However, you can see the images of this book's covers at the website above.]

Near the top of the home page is a very good review (use the ‘Read more’ option). Further down the home page are single-paragraph reviews by Amazon as An Amazon Best Book for September 2018, by Bill Gates for a NYT Book Review, and as a top pick by BookPage. I recommend all three as well as the 5-star Top Review by M. Jeffery McMahon, a ‘Top 500 Reviewer’ for Amazon. His review is titled “Clarity is Power and the Ability to Ward Off Nihilism So We Can Move Forward into the 21st Century.” He’s right!

I gave above the website for the hardcover edition because it has 3-pp of Contents for the 21 chapters, each with a good subtitle for each of the 21 one-word chapter titles. (The Kindle edition does not give these subtitles.) However, the Kindle website has, without any missing pages, the 16-pp Chapter 1 – Disillusionment – and the first 12 pages of the 25-pp Chapter 2 – Work.

The subtitles in the hardcover’s Contents really caught my attention strongly enough for me to read the above reviews. And this led to my dropping a hint a few weeks before my birthday that I was very interested in reading this book.

I actually read it first, then dropped a hint before Christmas that I’d also like to have ‘Sapiens’ (book 787). I got it, read it, then I bought ‘Homo Deus' (book 788). As I mentioned in my review of ‘Sapiens.’ I decided it was best to review these three books by Yuval Noah Harari in chronological order. So I have.

There isn’t much more I have to say about this book (book 788) ‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century.’ For what I’ve said above about the reviews I’ve recommended is more than adequate. For I also feel that this very timely book is, in my opinion, the best of these three books. But there is a comment I must mention – the ‘new religion’ of 'Dadaism' is not ever mentioned, so I conclude that it now rests in peace. ('Dadaism' was proposed in ‘Homo Deus' as a possible 'new religion' but Harari may have changed his mind while writing the present book - if so, I think it was a wise move to do so.))

Finally, the timely, well-written book ‘21 Lessons for the 21st Century’ deserves a rating of 5 stars. I highly recommend it to all.