Historian, philosopher and social critic Yuval Noah Harari ranks among influential global gurus thanks to his bestsellers Sapiens and Homo Deus. The first addressed humanity’s past; the second, its future. Here, Harari discusses the pressing issues of the present. His insights on climate change, artificial intelligence (AI), nuclear war and other issues are sharp and illuminating. Inevitably, though, original thoughts and inspired ideas mix with repeats from his earlier works and a few banalities. Harari calls out the dangers of dogmatism, including religious fundamentalism, and is dismissive of religion in general. Leaders in politics, business and education should know his books, especially this one. While his urgent warnings are bleak, he also suggests solutions as he provides a frightening summary of the existential threats facing humankind and a compelling call to immediate action. If you are unfamiliar with his insightful analysis, this is a great place to start.
About the Author
Yuval Noah Harari, PhD, bestselling author of Sapiens and Homo Deus, teaches world history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and lives on a communal farm near Jerusalem.