Ten Lessons for A Post-pandemic World

Ten Lessons for A Post-pandemic World

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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780393542134
Branch Call Number: 303.49 Z13T
Characteristics: x, 307 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 02, 2021

Henry Kissinger once claimed, “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” As seductive as power can be, psychological studies have shown it deadens the sensitivity of those who wield it. In short, power kills empathy.”
How about to start with responsibility first?

Mar 14, 2021

I felt this book didn't live up to its billing. Also, I feel there wasn't enough about COVID 19 and its implications rather it talked about politics in general. I did like the details of China and its politics but it was not linked with COVID. Zakaria could have done better.

forbesrachel Feb 21, 2021

"We should have seen it coming. The coronivirus may be novel but plagues are not." With his usual candour and clear-cut reasoning, Zakaria provides insight into what the pandemic has done on the global scale, how countries (especially the US and China) have responded, and what the ramifications might be based on historical precedents. His list of ten lessons builds from the most forefront concerns such as the social implications of this tragedy, to the long term ones. The most encompassing being an isolationist, nationalistic model of governance versus a collaborative, multilateral world that could empower groups like the WHO to prevent such tragedies in the future.
By providing what data was available at the time of writing, and by digging deep into historical context, including how powers of the past were affected by sweeping changes like the bubonic plague, or conflict, Zakaria compares and contrasts the world of today with the world of the past. There is cause for concern; he provides plenty of examples of the consequences should we fail to learn from the past and make meaningful changes. In the end though, he ultimately provides a hopeful front. His book is about the possibilities; that by playing the cards right, we can not only overcome this pandemic, but see great social change globally.

Jan 15, 2021

Zakaria adds a lot of history to his ideas of the affects of the pandemic to the way in which individuals and countries operate. Covid has exposed to us new health guidelines, rising inequality, and nationalism. "The post-pandemic world is going to be, in many aspects, a sped-up version of the world we knew." I didn't find this book an enjoyable read but he brought out interesting research. It's up to the reader to take it or leave it.

Dec 20, 2020

Lots of opinion about the current situation with no real prescriptions for the post COVID world. I was disappointed with the book and expected more about the post pandemic world

Dec 15, 2020

An interesting approach to how the COVID-19 pandemic might influence the future, but it is written with bias, opinion masquerading as facts, and "cherry picking" statistics. The author is so obsessed with his own bias he fails to consider alternative outcomes. Too bad. The book had good potential.


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