Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari’s third book to look at critical world issues
Yuval Noah Harari, author of global bestsellers Sapiens (2014) and Homo Deus (2016), will be publishing a new book in August 2018. Titled 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the book will examine critical issues facing the world today such as terrorism, immigration, fake news as well as “individual concerns, from resilience and humility to meditation”.
Penguin Random House will be publishing the book under its Jonathan Cape imprint. The publisher’s website quoted the author as saying: “My new book will aim to answer the overarching question: what is happening in the world today, what is the deeper meaning of these events and how can we individually steer our way through them? The questions I aim to explore will include what the rise of Trump signifies, whether or not God is back, and whether nationalism can help solve problems like global warming.”
Harari is a historian, who lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century will be his third book. His first book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, which sold 1.2m copies, looked at the extraordinary history of mankind. His next Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow delved into the possibilities of the future of the human race. It has sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide.
“If Sapiens was about the past, and [follow-up] Homo Deus was about the future and distant future of humankind, the new book is about the present, and what we need to do to prepare ourselves for the coming revolution of the 21st century,” The Guardian quoted Harari as saying.