Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
#1 New York Times Bestseller • Los Angeles Times Bestseller
Version 2.0, Updated and Expanded, with a New Afterword
We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once—and it is dizzying.
In Thank You for Being Late, version 2.0, with a new afterword, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. His thesis: to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces—Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)—are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. The year 2007 was the major inflection point: the release of the iPhone, together with advances in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking, created a new technology platform that is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is providing vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world—or to destroy it.
With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations—if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. Thank You for Being Late is an essential guide to the present and the future.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ifisher - LibraryThing
Very good! I really enjoyed his analysis of this fast-paced, stress filled world we live in. His analysis of why this is I found compelling. For all that feel the world is going "to hell in a hand ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - maneekuhi - LibraryThing
I like Thomas Friedman; I have a lot of respect for him. But I have a real problem with Friedman books. "Thank You for Being Late" is my third, at least, and I've had the same issue time and again ... Read full review