Age of Discovery is a remarkable feat of both history and prophecy.
I can’t believe the book is so light and small for accomplishing such a heavy lift.
To Flounder or Flourish?
‘The present age is a contest. Hand in hand with its recognition comes the urgent responsibility to join it.’ (Age of Discovery, p.2).
When I published the first edition of this book, many people were skeptical of this call to action—just as they were skeptical of my on-the-record predictions for how this contest would play out in the immediate future: that Britain would vote to ‘Brexit’ from the European Union and that Donald Trump would be elected President of the United States.
The world always makes sense. But it doesn’t always make sense to us. Shock—a seemingly relentless theme nowadays—is personal proof that whatever lens we’ve been looking through to see the world no longer shows things as they really are. We need to shatter that lens—and with it, the simple dichotomies that dominate, and warp, our sight: globalization versus nationalism; open doors versus xenophobia; populism versus public virtue; information abundance versus fake news; the lifted up versus the left behind.
We need to grind for ourselves a very different way of seeing the world. The sooner we do that, the less time we’ll waste frozen in disbelief, and the more time we’ll spend helping ourselves, our families, our organizations and communities to thrive through the upheavals to come.
This book is my lens for making sense of the moment we’re in.
Ian and Chris deliver a masterpiece with a very important message: how to weather today’s crises and achieve greatness.Vijay Govindarajan
A hugely stimulating book…Everyone should read the authors’ call for a new humanism that is ready to defend our modern Renaissance against attacks that have already begun.Niall Ferguson
In life (as in chess!) every advance creates both opportunities and dangers… Age of Discovery provides the big picture view required to understand the challenges being created by the constant waves of innovation we face today.Garry Kasparov
In this superb account…the authors show what we can learn from history, both as guide and warning. Their book is an education and a great read in one.A.C. Grayling
Age of Discovery provides a very important reminder: we have made enormous progress by coming up with new solutions time and again.Hans-Paul Buerkner
A refreshing change from the shallow analyses and sterile nostrums of the right and the left. An impressive and important book.Edmund Phelps
Outstanding insights for all those interested in the stresses of the modern world and how other ages have confronted them.Andrew Hamilton
This fascinating book…should interest all who care about the future of humanity.Lord Martin Rees
With a brilliant mix of fresh wit and sober thinking, Ian and Chris challenge and inspire us all. A must-read for present and future leaders.Asha Kanwar