Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. FriedmanThank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Thomas L. Friedman

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

byThomas L. Friedman

Hardcover | November 22, 2016

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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.

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.
Title:Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of AccelerationsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:496 pages, 9.17 × 6.39 × 1.5 inShipping dimensions:9.17 × 6.39 × 1.5 inPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374273537

ISBN - 13:9780374273538


Rated 4 out of 5 by from quite eye-opening Not just another book about the acceleration of technology, also not a book about taking a break from the whirlwind of acceleration around us (quite the title misnomer I'd say). Friedman ties together globalisation trends and nature's transformation and technologies accelerations. I found it very eyeopening when he explain how climate change is a major cause in the upheaval of African and middle-eastern cultures, leading to migration and terrorism, which in turn shakes the political stability of the whole world. Important book in times like these.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Phenomenal read Worth picking up for sure.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from In-depth On the whole, I appreciated this book. There were parts that I loved and then others that I felt dragged on way too long. This would have been a 5-star for me if the first and last sections were pared down a bit.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific A great book to read. You will definitely enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it! This is such a great novel, I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read An interesting take on current trends. Makes me look at things very differently.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from book of greatness seriously thought provoking and interesting. makes me see a new light on life.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book A truly interesting and thought provoking read to say the least. Makes one think about our norms and life in a whole new way.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Technology So many books have purported to explain technology, the twenty-first century, and social change. This may very well be THE one.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-Read Book It will change the way you think about things - and if it doesn't - you already prescribe to a lot of these ideas. Awesome book!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok will read again in the future.
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Very interesting and insightful read
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Right on Our world has become so complex and impossible to understand that we often can't find our own place or purposeful role to fulfill. This books lends some clarity to our current state of being. It's scary but also offers possibility for the future if we are able to pay attention and to act on his message.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful An interesting look into current trends. Made me look at many things in my life differently.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it Received as a gift. Take the time and read this one! It's funny, puts things in perspective. Well worth the read!
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good. a new way to look at things.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is great I bought this a month ago and I'm so happy I did!
Date published: 2016-11-15

Table of Contents

1. Thank You for Being Late

2. What the Hell Happened in 2007?
3. Moore's Law
4. The Supernova
5. The Market
6. Mother Nature

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!)

14. From Minnesota to the World and Back

Editorial Reviews

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 YearLonglisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award"Thomas L. Friedman is a self-­confessed 'explanatory journalist'-whose goal is to be a 'translator from English to English.' And he is extremely good at it . . . it is hard to think of any other journalist who has explained as many complicated subjects to so many people . . . Now he has written his most ambitious book-part personal odyssey, part commonsense manifesto . . . As a guide for perplexed Westerners, this book is very hard to beat." -John Micklethwait, The New York Times Book Review"[An] ambitious book . . . In a country torn by a divisive election, technological change and globalization, reconstructing social ties so that people feel respected and welcomed is more important than ever . . . Rather than build walls, [healthy communities] face their problems and solve them. In [Friedman's] telling, this is the way to make America great." -Laura Vanderkam, The Wall Street Journal"Engaging . . . in some senses Thank You For Being Late is an extension of [Friedman's] previous works, woven in with wonderful personal stories (including admirably honest discussions about the nature of being a columnist). What gives Friedman's book a new twist is his belief that upheaval in 2016 is actually far more dramatic than earlier phases . . . Friedman also argues that Americans need to discover their sense of 'community,' and uses his home town of Minneapolis to demonstrate this." -Gillian Tett, Financial Times "The globe-trotting New York Times columnist's most famous book was about the world being flat. This one is all about the world being fast . . . His main piece of advice for individuals, corporations, and countries is clear: Take a deep breath and adapt. This world isn't going to wait for you." -Fortune"[A] humane and empathetic book." -David Henkin, The Washington Post"[Friedman's] latest engrossingly descriptive analysis of epic trends and their consequences . . . Friedman offers tonic suggestions for fostering 'moral innovation' and a commitment to the common good in this detailed and clarion inquiry, which, like washing dirty windows, allows us to see far more clearly what we've been looking at all along . . . his latest must-read." -Booklist (starred review)"The three-time Pulitzer winner puts his familiar methodology-extensive travel, thorough reporting, interviews with the high-placed movers and shakers, conversations with the lowly moved and shaken-to especially good use here . . . He prescribes nothing less than a redesign of our workplaces, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and communities . . . Required reading for a generation that's 'going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.'" -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)