ATG Book of the Week: Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

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Title: Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World
Author: Fareed Zakaria
Hardcover: ISBN: 978-0393542134; $26.95
Imprint: New York: Norton, 2020

COVID-19 is speeding up history, but how? What is the shape of the world to come?

Lenin once said, “There are decades when nothing happens and weeks when decades happen.” This is one of those times when history has sped up. CNN host and best-selling author Fareed Zakaria helps readers to understand the nature of a post-pandemic world: the political, social, technological, and economic consequences that may take years to unfold. Written in the form of ten “lessons,” covering topics from natural and biological risks to the rise of “digital life” to an emerging bipolar world order, Zakaria helps readers to begin thinking beyond the immediate effects of COVID-19. Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World speaks to past, present, and future, and, while urgent and timely, is sure to become an enduring reflection on life in the early twenty-first century.

Review

Fareed Zakaria’s new book is full of logic, wisdom, and interesting information… I found something on nearly every page or two worth chewing over. The book is concise but not lightweight, and it’s not freighted with squishy bon mots. There are concrete facts, voices of experts, and vivid descriptions of reality on nearly every page. It’s an efficient read, and I appreciated that.” Kent Anderson The Geyser

“Whether or not it feels like it right now, we will eventually be living in a post-pandemic world. But other pandemics will follow. Zakaria, who personifies thoughtful, levelheaded judgement, lays out the lessons learned from COVID-19, citing the success stories and recommending improvements for a possible future where we are able to competently navigate similar threats. In part, he writes, it requires an approach where the people listen to the experts—and the experts listen to the people.” Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review

“With his lively language and to-the-point examples, Zakaria tells the story well, while resisting boilerplate as served up by the left and the right. … Read Ten Lessons. It is an intelligent, learned and judicious guide for a world already in the making.” — Josef Joffe ― New York Times

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