Title: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Page Count/Review Word Count: 424
I’ve had this book lying around for a while now after a client asked me to buy it and read it because of the interesting stuff that it has to say on the future of healthcare. I’ve actually worked with that client on a book of his own called The Future of Healthcare, and so it was pretty cool to see how much crossover there was between the two books.
It was actually a pretty well done little set of essays, and they were all categorised under different overall sections depending upon the themes that they followed. I’d been putting it off for a little while and thinking of it as being a bedtime book, but it turned out to be super readable and equally as engaging.
I think part of that is because it looks more intense than it is, and once you start reading it you see that the font is pretty big and widely spaced and that the last fifty pages or so are just notes and sources. You work through essays super quickly, and the good news there is that even if one of them doesn’t particularly grab your attention due to its subject matter, there’s always hope for the next one.
As for me, I found the stuff about technological advance a lot more compelling than the stuff on society and the dominance of religions, but even in the chapters that didn’t grab my interest quite as much, I still felt as though I learned a thing or two.
Overall then, I thought that this was a pretty good non-fiction book and one that I really ought to have picked up sooner than I did. Now that I’ve read and enjoyed this, I’m interested in reading some more of Harari’s work, and so I’ll probably keep my eyes peeled for Sapiens. I’m in no great hurry though, because I sort of feel as though even though there are a lot of impressive insights here, it wasn’t quite enough to blow my mind.
Other than that, I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in either advances in technology or in the way that society is likely to change in the years to come. If you’re already pretty up to date with how things work then you might not learn much that you didn’t know about, but it’s still a nice refresher.