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In my reading selection for this month, I go deep. That is, the author raises challenging questions. Having deep, distraction-free time to contemplate what he is saying is beneficial.

In 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, author Yuval Noah Harari says in his introduction: “I want to zoom in on the here and now, but without losing the long-term perspective.”

Harari then asks: “How can insights about the distant past and distant future help us make sense of current affairs and of the immediate dilemmas of human societies? What are today’s greatest challenges and most important choices?”

Chapter titles include: work, equality, nationalism, immigration, ignorance, justice and education.

Harari is an Israeli historian and professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Other books include Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow.

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