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Since the end of the Cold War, the world has been shaken to its core three times. September 11, 2001, the financial collapse of 2008 and - most of all - COVID-19. Each was an asymmetrical threat, different from anything the world had experienced before. 

Fareed Zakaria presents 10 surprising, hopeful and vital lessons for recovery in our age of asymmetry. He highlights the importance of investing in healthcare and education, harnessing technology and how to react to America's retreat from leadership on the world stage. COVID-19 has made the old categories of left vs right, democracy vs dictatorship and big vs small government obsolete and highlighted what should have always been the obvious challenge to populism - good government. Sheer competence made all the difference in those countries which dealt with the pandemic best. The future belongs to the smart state.

Zakaria's final lesson is to accept the reality of globalisation and acknowledge that global crises need international cooperation and global solutions. He passionately argues that we need to continue listening to experts and scientists to tackle climate change. We need to resist our nationalist and isolationist instincts to fight inequality and recognise that we actually have more in common than not. He believes that Aristotle was right - we are social beings with community embedded in our human nature. We want to gather and work, eat, pray, love and mourn together. More than anything we need to build a new world together.

©2020 Fareed Zakaria (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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A healthcare professional's perspective

This book starts off nicely but eventually fizzles down to what comes across as bland scare-mongering over international politics. There are instances when he calls spade a spade. The author goes on talking about the field of his own expertise for the majority of occasions. His discussion goes absolutely tangential to the COVID-19 pandemic for long stretches. The shared perspective often has an absolute disconnect to the COVID-19 pandemic. The book serves as documentation and a survey of the historical events correlated to the pandemic. Yet, the highly opinionated approach is very much distracting. It feels as if the book has been published prematurely given that it does not dwell much on various issues related to universal vaccination. For this very reason, the purported lessons do not suffice for the needs of the present-day world. The world has seen far too much since the time mass-vaccinations have started. The world has already started feeling like a different place altogether since the time Joe Biden has come to the White House. The whole dimension of vaccination & Biden administration which gets ignored through the book makes you feel that - this book is nothing but a half-baked preparation in the first place.

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  • 25-12-20

Riveting

I loved this book. highly digestible recap of "how we got here" and where we might go next.