Age of Discovery explores a world on the brink of a new Renaissance and asks: how do we share more widely the benefits of unprecedented progress? How do we endure the inevitable tumult generated by accelerating change? How do we each thrive through this tangled, uncertain time?
From gains in health, education, wealth and technology to crises of conflict, disease and mass migration, the similarities between today's world and that of the 15th century are both striking and prophetic: we have been here before. So what must we do to achieve our full potential, individually and altogether, this time around? Will we repeat the glories of the Renaissance, the misery, or both?
In Age of Discovery, Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna show how we can draw courage, wisdom and inspiration from the days of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci in order to fashion our own Golden Age. Whether we're seized by Gutenberg or Zuckerberg, the discovery of the Americas or the rise of China, copperplate etchings or silicon chips, The Bonfire of the Vanities or the destructive fury of ISIS, the spread of syphilis or the Ebola pandemic, such Renaissance moments force humanity to give its best just when the stakes are at their highest.
Turning the spotlight on the crises of our time, Age of Discovery shows how we can all define and create a lasting legacy that the world will still celebrate 500 years from now.
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Important and thought-provoking book
As a history buff, I downloaded this a couple days ago, even though the European Renaissance isn’t usually my preferred era. I wasn’t disappointed by the history, but I was wonderfully surprised by the comparative account the audiobook gives of the present day, of medical and scientific advances, technological leaps forward, and new ways of thinking.
I loved the breadth. This is one of those expansive stories that covers an incredible amount of ground. The authors cover the social, political, economic, innovative, artistic, scientific, and religious forces that drive change in a Renaissance era and do an incredible job of convincing the listener that the same kinds of forces that moved Europe in the 14th-17th century are at play today.
My favorite line, and I wrote it down, was: "The present is not merely a repeat of the past, but neither does humanity reinvent itself with each new generation. Circumstances change, technologies change, but our deep purposes remain more stable. And that is why we can paper back into history and bring back important lessons for the present."
This is a cool read. A romp. It's smart. Exciting, engaging, well-written, and timely.
- Amazon Customer
An Interesting but sometimes confusing listen.