Mahurangi Matters Book Reviews

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By Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As first lady of the United States of America – the first African-American to serve in that role – she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the US and around the world. In this engaging, candid and revealing memoir, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her – from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago, through to her studies, her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, and to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private. Becoming is Michelle Obama telling her full story as she has lived it.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

By Yuval Noah Harari

In a series of 21 provocative and thought-provoking essays, bestselling author Yuval Noah Harari (Sapiens and Homo Deus) takes us on a journey through the most urgent issues of the present day. In his trademark entertaining and lucid style, he helps us to grapple with a world that is increasingly hard to comprehend, encouraging us to focus our minds on the essential questions we should be asking ourselves today. How can we protect ourselves from nuclear war and technological disruptions?  What can we do about the epidemic of fake news or the threat of terrorism?  What should we teach our children? The main thread running through this book – described by Bill Gates as ‘a crucial global conversation’ – is the challenge of maintaining our collective and individual focus in the face of constant change. Highly recommended.

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