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  • Published: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787330870
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $38.00

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

**Sapiens showed us where we came from. 21 Lessons guides us through the here and now.**


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.

  • Pub date: 3 September 2018
  • ISBN: 9781787330870
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $38.00

About the Author

Yuval Noah Harari

Prof Yuval Noah Harari has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specialising in World History. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind has become an international phenomenon attracting a legion of fans from Bill Gates and Barack Obama to Chris Evans and Jarvis Cocker, and is published in over forty-five languages worldwide. It was a Sunday Times Number One bestseller and was in the Top Ten for over nine months in paperback. His follow-up to Sapiens, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow was also a Top Ten Bestseller and was described by the Guardian as ‘even more readable, even more important, than his excellent Sapiens’.

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Praise for 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

“The great thinker of our age.”

The Times

“Fascinating… compelling… [Harari] has teed up a crucial global conversation about how to take on the problems of the 21st century.”

Bill Gates, New York Times

“Truly mind-expanding… Ultra-topical… Harari’s big selling point [is] the ambition and breadth of his work, smashing together unexpected ideas into dazzling observations.”


“There is surely no one alive who is better at explaining our world than Yuval Noah Harari - he is the lecturer we all wish we’d had at university. Reading this book, I must have interrupted my partner a hundred times to pass on fascinating things I’d just read. Harari has done it again - 21 Lessons is, simply put, a crucial book.”

Adam Kay

“Erudite, illuminating, vivid. [Harari’s] lessons suggest new ways of thinking about current problems… a splendid, sobering, stirring call to arms.”

Sunday Times

“More comprehensible [than Sapiens and Homo Deus]... showing you things you thought you knew about in a completely new way… I find Harari’s writing exhilarating.”

Radio Times

“Harari’s genius at weaving together insights from different disciplines, ranging from ancient history to neuroscience to philosophy to artificial intelligence, has enabled him to respond to the clamour to understand where we have come from and where we might be heading… 21 Lessons is lit up by flashes of intellectual adventure and literary verve.”

John Thornhill, Financial Times

“Intelligent, lucid and refreshingly unpretentious.”


“Harari’s latest epic study covers Brexit, fake news and welfare in terms so lucid your own IQ immediately leaps.”

Evening Standard

“Modern life can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, Yuval Noah Harari's new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, is on hand to guide us through it. Poolside reading with purpose.”


“I’m predicting that 21 Lessons for the 21st Century will complete a Harari hat-trick of classics… The clarity of Harari's vision is astonishing... thanks to him, the world makes better sense to many more of us.”

Bookseller *Book of the Month*

“[Harari’s] purpose is to reveal the hard-learned lessons we have all already encountered this century… the persuasiveness of Harari’s philosophical analysis, and the engaging quality of his writing, is hard to deny.”


“Bound to be one of the biggest books of the autumn... Exhilarating… compulsively readable and with almost every page providing something juicy to chew on.”

Reader's Digest

“A terrific primer on where we are now and where we might be heading… Harari is a superb global cartographer, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a lucid and essential read.”

Marina Vaizey, Arts Desk

“Written in the author’s trademark lucid prose, the book makes difficult concept comprehensible, and is very much a work for our times… 21 Lessons absorbs from start to finish.”

Ian Thomson, Tablet

“The book contains many gems… compelling… accompany the author as he peers fascinatingly into the future.”


“Harari’s purpose is admirable. He wishes to empower ordinary people with his clear thinking.”

Liz Ryan, UK Press Syndication

“It feels urgent and necessary, as though it is capturing a crucial moment in time… It is a direct call to action and probably the most genuinely impactful of all three Harari books.”

Culture Calling

“Compelling reading.”

Daniel Snowman, Jewish Chronicle

“Harari… is a rare voice of calm reassurance, slicing through the chaos and uncertainty of the modern age.”

Allan Hunter, Sunday Express

“This is an important book.”


“21 Lessons is another extremely readable volume [from Harari].”

Emily Nicolle, City AM

“With Harari's incise vision and measured prose this is a book to convert those dormant anxieties and Evening-News-induced insomnia into a deeper, more empowered comprehension.”

Culture Whisper

“Harari effortlessly jumps between diverse topics.”

Dov Greenbaum and Mark Gerstein, Science

“A thought-provoking, provocative, informative, terrifying, fact-filled series of essays which get the reader thinking, worrying and hoping.”

Marina Vaizey, The Tablet, **Books of the Year**

“Harari essentially takes the pulse of society today and worldwide.”

Pierre Jacques, Revolution

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Yuval Noah Harari talks about his new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century http://po.st/zVoSpj **FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER SAPIENS** Sapiens showed us where we came from.
All you need to know about Yuval Noah Harari's new book 21 Lessons for the 21st century, which covers today's urgent issues from terrorism to fake news.

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