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Nations in Crisis, a Biotech Revolution, and America’s Global Status: 3 Books—Out Today—Changing the Way We Navigate the World

Three eagerly-anticipated books drop today from Pulitzer Prize-winner Jared Diamond, MIT President Emerita Susan Hockfield, and National Book Award-winner George Packer. Here’s what’s being said about these brilliant new releases, and the speakers who wrote them.

Jared Diamond | Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis 


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In his international bestsellers Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse, Jared Diamond transformed our understanding of what makes civilizations rise and fall. Now, in Upheaval, the final book in this monumental trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes—a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises. “A riveting and illuminating tour of how nations deal with crises—which might hopefully help humanity as a whole deal with our present global crisis” says Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari. “Diamond wears the mantle of a modern day prophet, writes The Guardian


Susan Hockfield | The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution


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A neuroscientist by training, Susan Hockfield is the first woman to lead MIT. Her first book, The Age of Living Machines presents a highly-readable magnum opus on the technological-biological revolution known as “convergence.” Living Machines describes some of the most exciting new developments—and the scientists and engineers who helped create them—highlighting the promise of the technology revolution of the 21st century to overcome some of the greatest humanitarian, medical, and environmental challenges of our time. Science Magazine calls Hockfield’s book “entertaining and prescient.” 


George Packer |  Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century


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Discussing George Packer’s new release Our Man in the The New York Times Book Review, Walter Isaacson says “I doubt that any novel, not even one co-written by Graham Greene and F. Scott Fitzgerald, could have captured Holbrooke fully, and I certainly thought that no biography ever would. But now one has. Packer’s Our Man portrays Holbrooke in all his endearing and self-willed glory … both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy.” The Guardian calls Our Man “one of the most fascinating dissections of US power—its strengths and serious weaknesses—I’ve read.”

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