Rethink: Leading Voices on Life After Crisis and How We Can Make a Better World

BBC Bks. Jul. 2022. 352p. ISBN 9781785947186. pap. $19.95. SOC SCI
In brief essays, 65 people from all walks of life, from Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama to teenagers, scientists, poets, sociologists, and the Prince of Wales, reflect in mid-pandemic on life after COVID. Rajan, a British journalist and host of the BBC4 podcast Rethink offers this book as a “global reset moment.” Rajan introduces the collection and each essay, teasing out key themes, such as the change of focus away from the West and the recognition of interconnectedness. The essays, sorted under five headings, consider such disparate topics as the future of hospitality, racism, poverty, and robots.
VERDICT These brief essays give the reader food for thought about the changes in the world not necessarily caused by but certainly exacerbated by COVID. It challenges readers to become part of the process of rethinking how to approach life after COVID.
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