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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#1 New York Times Bestseller Los Angeles Times Bestseller

One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 Books to Read NowOne of Kirkus Reviews's Best Nonfiction Books of the YearOne of Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated Books of the Year

Shortlisted for the OWL Business Book Award and Longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374715144
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 35,017
File size: 5 MB

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.

Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist-the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.

He was born in Minneapolis in 1953, and grew up in the middle-class Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1975 with a degree in Mediterranean studies, attended St. Antony's College, Oxford, on a Marshall Scholarship, and received an M.Phil. degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford. After three years with United Press International, he joined The New York Times, where he has worked ever since as a reporter, correspondent, bureau chief, and columnist. At the Times, he has won three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1983 for international reporting (from Lebanon), in 1988 for international reporting (from Israel), and in 2002 for his columns after the September 11th attacks.

Friedman's first book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, won the National Book Award in 1989. His second book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization (1999), won the Overseas Press Club Award for best book on foreign policy in 2000. In 2002 FSG published a collection of his Pulitzer Prize-winning columns, along with a diary he kept after 9/11, as Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11. His fourth book, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (2005) became a #1 New York Times bestseller and received the inaugural Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in November 2005. A revised and expanded edition was published in hardcover in 2006 and in 2007. The World Is Flat has sold more than 4 million copies in thirty-seven languages.

In 2008 he brought out Hot, Flat, and Crowded, which was published in a revised edition a year later. His sixth book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, was published in 2011.

Thomas L. Friedman lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.

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.