Random House Unveils NEXUS: Publishing This Fall from the #1 International Bestselling Author of SAPIENS
How has the flow of information made, and unmade our world? A ground-breaking work of non-fiction by one of our most innovative, engaging, and prescient thinkers, NEXUS: A Brief History of Information Networks from the Stone Age to AI by Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 international bestseller Sapiens, will be published globally by Random House on September 10, 2024.
NEXUS looks through the long lens of human history to consider how the flow of information has made, and unmade, our world. Drawing on a fascinating range of historical examples from the Stone Age, through the Bible, to early modern witch-hunts, Stalinism, Nazism and the resurgence of populism today, Harari gives us a revelatory framework with which to consider the complex relationship between information and truth, bureaucracy and mythology, wisdom and power. He explores how different societies and political systems have wielded information to achieve their goals and impose order, for good and ill. And he addresses the urgent choices we face today, as non-human intelligence threatens our very existence.
Says Harari, “We’re living through the most profound information revolution in human history, but we can’t understand it unless we understand what has come before. History, after all, isn’t the study of the past–it is the study of change. It teaches us what remains the same, what changes, and how things change. History is not deterministic, however, and NEXUS doesn’t argue that understanding the past enables us to predict the future. My goal is to show that by making informed choices, we can still prevent the worst outcomes. Because if we can’t change the future, then why waste time discussing it?”
Nihar Malaviya adds, “NEXUS is the perfect book for the age in which we are living, and the precarious place in which we find ourselves right now. Yuval Harari gives us a brilliant historical framework to understand this moment and, crucially, to think about what we might do, before it’s too late. It’s clear, urgent, and compelling–a major work from one of our foremost thinkers, and a book that will stand the test of time.”
Random House will publish NEXUS in the U.S. in hardcover and ebook. An audiobook edition will be released simultaneously by Penguin Random House Audio. Penguin Random House will publish NEXUS in additional territories including the UK (inc. India, South Africa, Australia & NZ), Canada, Germany (inc. Austria), Spain (inc. Latin America), Brazil, and Portugal.
About Professor Yuval Noah Harari
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian, philosopher, and the global bestselling author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, the graphic adaptation series Sapiens: A Graphic History, and Unstoppable Us, his first series of books for children. His books have sold over 45 million copies in 65 languages, with Sapiens alone selling 25 million copies since it was first published in 2013. A New York Times and Sunday Times #1 bestseller, Sapiens has spent over 220 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Yuval Noah Harari is considered one of the world’s most influential public intellectuals of our age.