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Stolen Focus : Why You Can't Pay Attention - Johann Hari

Stolen Focus

Why You Can't Pay Attention

By: Johann Hari

Paperback | 31 January 2023

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'If you read just one book about how the modern world is driving us crazy, read this one'

'This book is exactly what the world needs right now . . . Worth your time and certainly worth your focus'
Oprah Winfrey

'A beautifully researched and argued exploration of the breakdown of humankind's ability to pay attention'
Stephen Fry

'A really important book . . . Everyone should read it'
Philippa Perry
Why have we lost our ability to focus? What are the causes? And, most importantly, how do we get it back?

For Stolen Focus, internationally bestselling author Johann Hari went on a three-year journey to uncover the reasons behind our shortening attention spans. He interviewed the leading experts in the world on attention, and learned that everything we think about this subject is wrong.

We think our inability to focus is a personal failing a flaw in each one of us. It is not. This has been done to all of us by powerful external forces. Our focus has been stolen. Johann discovered there are twelve deep cases of this crisis, all of which have robbed some of our attention. He shows us how in a thrilling journey that ranges from Silicon Valley dissidents, to a favela in Rio where attention vanished, to an office in New Zealand that found a remarkable way to restore our attention.

Crucially, he learned how as individuals, and as a society we can get our focus back, if we are determined to fight for it.

About the Author

Johann Hari is a writer and journalist. He has written for the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian and other newspapers. His TED talks have been viewed over 70 million times, and his work has been praised by a broad range of people, from Oprah to Noam Chomsky to Joe Rogan. He lives in London.
Industry Reviews
A brilliant book about one of the most important topics of our time -- Dr Rangan Chatterjee

This mind-blowing book explains everything. Read it and be free -- Simon Amstell

There's so much in this book . . . Unbelievable, juicy dynamite that you have to read -- Chris Evans

I think this book is exactly what the world needs right now . . . I hope everybody buys the book. I promise you it will be worth your time and certainly worth your focus -- Oprah Winfrey

Johann Hari writes like a dream. He's both lyricist and storyteller - but also an indefatigable investigator of one of the world's greatest problems: the systematic destruction of our attention. Read this book to save your mind -- Susan Cain

I don't know anyone thinking more deeply, or more holistically, about the crisis of our collective attention than Johann Hari. And this is a crisis that we must address if we are to meet any of the other pressing emergencies we face as a species, whether ecological or social. Which means that this book could not be more vital. Please sit with it, and focus -- Naomi Klein

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