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This book is a critical examination of ongoing events and an engrossing future perspective, with many scenarios to consider and plan for

It's a strange experience to read a book about a global crisis (COVID-19) and the resulting societal trajectory while still in the midst of the crisis itself. It's also a hopeful experience that while reading about the current pandemic, and possibly planning for future ones, there's also much talk of a future beyond these devastating events. While things seem gloom and doom right now, and might for a while, "Pandemic Aftermath" needed to be written and it needs to be read. While this book isn't the most comfortable read, precisely because the world is still coping with the ongoing death and devastation, you might want to read it if you're tired of doomsday scenarios and need to see a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel. Staying informed AND hopeful is possible, and Undheim helps us see that we aren't necessarily doomed forever.


"Pandemic Aftermath" has a unique format, with the first half covering the basics: what coronavirus is, how it happened, and where we find ourselves right now as a global society. It's a nice mix of current events, history, science, politics, and health. The author breaks everything down into chewable chunks, easily digested and thankfully not too science-heavy. However, Undheim takes the book in an interesting direction in the second half, pushing the boundaries of the nonfiction genre. This is where a bit of an imagination might be required of the reader, as the author presents several reality-based scenarios that might play out in the near and distant future. Always mindful of the fact that no one really knows what to expect in a situation like this, Undheim does not hesitate to extend some helpful observations and suggestions to help readers cope with the aftershocks of this pandemic, and possibly others in the future.


"Pandemic Aftermath" is a thoughtfully-researched book that serves two non-negotiable areas for readers: information and entertainment. It's both a critical examination of ongoing events and an engrossing future perspective, with many scenarios to consider and possibly plan for. In the words of filmmaker James Cameron, “Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an option.” I think Undheim would agree.

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Introduction. The pandemics of yesterday and tomorrow

About the author

Trond Undheim is a futurist, speaker, entrepreneur and former director of MIT Startup Exchange. He is the CEO and cofounder of Yegii. He holds a PhD on the future of work and artificial intelligence and cognition. Undheim is the author of Leadership From Below (2008) and Disruption Games (2020). view profile

Published on May 24, 2020

Published by Atmosphere Press

100000 words

Genre: Business & Management

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