What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers?

To find out, journalist Amanda Ripley spent one year following American teenagers living and attending high school in Finland, South Korea and Poland.

Their stories, along with groundbreaking new research into learning around the world, reveal a pattern of startling transformation. These countries got smarter fairly recently--and not by spending more money or creating more tests.

“If you care about education, you must read this book.
Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin


What happens to us--physically, emotionally and even socially--in the worst of times? How can we learn to do better?

In this inspiring mix of narrative, science and participatory journalism, award-winning Time Magazinewriter Amanda Ripley reveals how human fear circuits and crowd dynamics work, why our instincts sometimes misfire in modern calamities and how we can prepare for inevitable calamities more intelligently.

The Unthinkable was published in 15 countries and turned into a PBS documentary.

“The thinking person’s manual for getting out alive.” — NPR