Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

by Thomas L. Friedman

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Overview

A New York Times Bestseller

A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers

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, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, 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. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman’s original analysis.

Friedman begins by taking us into his own way of looking at the world—how he writes a column. After a quick tutorial, he proceeds to write what could only be called a giant column about the twenty-first century. 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.

Why is this happening? As Friedman shows, the exponential increase in computing power defined by Moore’s law has a lot to do with it. The year 2007 was a major inflection point: the release of the iPhone, together with advances in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking, created a new technology platform. Friedman calls this platform “the supernova”—for it is an extraordinary release of energy that is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is creating vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world—or to destroy it.

Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of accelerations. It’s also an argument for “being late”—for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we’re passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers. To amplify this point, Friedman revisits his Minnesota hometown in his moving concluding chapters; there, he explores how communities can create a “topsoil of trust” to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations.

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 Friedman’s most ambitious book—and an essential guide to the present and the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374273538
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 192,707
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Thomas L. Friedman is a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his work with The New York Times and the author of several bestselling books, including The World Is Flat.

Hometown:

Washington, D.C. area

Date of Birth:

July 20, 1953

Place of Birth:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Education:

B.A. in Mediterranean Studies, Brandeis University, 1975; M.A. in Modern Middle East Studies, Oxford University, 1978

Table of Contents

PART I: REFLECTING

1. Thank You for Being Late

PART II: ACCELERATING

2. What the Hell Happened in 2007?

3. Moore’s Law

4. The Supernova

5. The Market

6. Mother Nature

PART III: INNOVATING

7. Just Too Damned Fast

8. Turning AI into IA

9. Control vs. Kaos

10. Mother Nature as Political Mentor

11. Is God in Cyberspace?

12. Always Looking for Minnesota

13. You Can Go Home Again (and You Should!)

PART IV: ANCHORING

14. From Minnesota to the World and Back

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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reports on the changing landscape and how to keep up with the new world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth a second read
Minnesota_Nate More than 1 year ago
This a great book. Very interesting commentary on the acceleration of technology and climate change. Mr. Freidman's expertise in interviewing current and relevant subject experts shines through. This book changed some of my perceptions about what the future may hold.
GOODSTORY More than 1 year ago
SAVE YOUR MONEY. HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. DID NOT KNOW TOM FRIEDMAN COULD BE SO DULL. A RESHASH OF ALL THE THOUGHTS THAT HAVE OCCURRED TO YOU ANYWAY BUT WITH THE LIFE SUCKED OUT OF THEM. I'LL NEVER WATCH CHARLIE ROSE AGAIN.