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.

Larry Brilliant

Past Executive Director, Google.org

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.

Details

Publishers: St Martin’s Press, Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May, 2016
Languages: English
Formats: Hardcover, e-book
ISBN:
 9781472936370

Ian and Chris deliver a masterpiece with a very important message: how to weather today’s crises and achieve greatness.

Vijay Govindarajan

New York Times best-selling author

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

Professor of History, Harvard University

Reviews

strategy+business

strategy+business 'Best Business Books of 2016'

"The Renaissance was a time of tremendous tumult. Our time is no different." (full review...)

The Guardian

The Guardian

"A landmark new book." (full review & op-ed...)

Financial Times

Financial Times

"[A] lively account of both Renaissance and modern history…Maybe someone should send Mr. Trump a copy of this book; it might yield some thought ­provoking tweets.” (full review...)

The Telegraph

The Sunday Telegraph

"Enlightening." Best Books of the Week. (full story...)

Nature

A "bold mega-analysis of global education, health, prosperity and technology...Incisive and rich." (full review...)

New Statesman

New Statesman

"Breathless." (full story...)

Nexus Magazine

Nexus Magazine

"Thought-provoking, big-picture take on our uncertain times." (full story...)

Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed

"Edifying and thoroughly entertaining." (full review...)


Mitch Joel

Mitch Joel (Six Pixels)

A "Best Business Book of 2016" (full list...)

上海书评

Shanghai Review of Books

"Urgent reading everywhere." (full story...)

Forbes

Forbes

"A highly stimulating, indeed challenging book." (full story...)

Cambridge Business Review

Cambridge Business Review

"Age of Discovery is an immense contribution to rethinking our epoch." (full review...)

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph

Robert Covile praises "scope and authority" of Age of Discovery (full story...)

The Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education Supplement

"Far-sighted...Age of Discovery succeeds in convincing that this is an uncommonly interesting time to be alive, with unusual levels of promise–and peril. " (full review...)

Morning Star

Morning Star

"Chart[s] the birth of a brave new world...Impressive." (full review...)

800-CEO-READ

"A brilliant, 'big-think' read of serious scholarship and keen observation of our present moment. It is a prescient warning, a call to action to the better angels of our nature, and a map for a new age of discovery." (full story...)

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

13th World Chess Champion

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

Philosopher & best-selling author

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

Chairman, Boston Consulting Group

A refreshing change from the shallow analyses and sterile nostrums of the right and the left. An impressive and important book.

Edmund Phelps

Nobel Laureate in Economics

Outstanding insights for all those interested in the stresses of the modern world and how other ages have confronted them.

Andrew Hamilton

President, NYU

This fascinating book…should interest all who care about the future of humanity.

Lord Martin Rees

Astronomer Royal, past President of the Royal Society

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

President, Commonwealth of Learning

Reviews

strategy+business

strategy+business 'Best Business Books of 2016'

"The Renaissance was a time of tremendous tumult. Our time is no different." (full review...)

The Guardian

The Guardian

"A landmark new book." (full review & op-ed...)

Financial Times

Financial Times

"[A] lively account of both Renaissance and modern history…Maybe someone should send Mr. Trump a copy of this book; it might yield some thought ­provoking tweets.” (full review...)

The Telegraph

The Sunday Telegraph

"Enlightening." Best Books of the Week. (full story...)

Nature

A "bold mega-analysis of global education, health, prosperity and technology...Incisive and rich." (full review...)

New Statesman

New Statesman

"Breathless." (full story...)

Nexus Magazine

Nexus Magazine

"Thought-provoking, big-picture take on our uncertain times." (full story...)

Inside Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed

"Edifying and thoroughly entertaining." (full review...)


Mitch Joel

Mitch Joel (Six Pixels)

A "Best Business Book of 2016" (full list...)

上海书评

Shanghai Review of Books

"Urgent reading everywhere." (full story...)

Forbes

Forbes

"A highly stimulating, indeed challenging book." (full story...)

Cambridge Business Review

Cambridge Business Review

"Age of Discovery is an immense contribution to rethinking our epoch." (full review...)

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph

Robert Covile praises "scope and authority" of Age of Discovery (full story...)

The Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education Supplement

"Far-sighted...Age of Discovery succeeds in convincing that this is an uncommonly interesting time to be alive, with unusual levels of promise–and peril. " (full review...)

Morning Star

Morning Star

"Chart[s] the birth of a brave new world...Impressive." (full review...)

800-CEO-READ

"A brilliant, 'big-think' read of serious scholarship and keen observation of our present moment. It is a prescient warning, a call to action to the better angels of our nature, and a map for a new age of discovery." (full story...)

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