Thank You for Being Late

Thank You for Being Late

An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

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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.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374273538
0374273537
Branch Call Number: 303.483 FRI
Characteristics: 486 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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EmilyEm
Oct 02, 2017

Friedman’s latest book looking at forces changing our world at a rapid pace shares success stories and cautionary tales that make good contemplation. He also circles back to the community where he grew up, a community that hasn’t lost its way.

Fascinating reading for me, not the most technological person. Intrigued by the stories of how AT&T was changed by the iPhone, what fast means at the Walmart website, and, of course, his St. Louis Park, MN, stories, having lived next door for years and years.

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Memawrayne
Jul 01, 2017

A very informative and thought-provoking book. I am glad I don't have to worry about all this at my age. People don't have time to smell the roses. I found it interesting about his comments on the survival of the fittest with species but it also applies to cultures and nations. It isn't the strongest or smartest but the one that can adapt to changes and ideas. Right now our country is leaning toward not surviving due to those who wish to "wall" us off from the rest of the world. The partisanship in this country is similar to the conflicts between Sunni and Shia and Palestinians and Israelis. That is somewhat frightening.
I enjoyed his chapter on growing up in St. Louis Park, MN. I also now know that the cloud is NOT a fluffy, white thing.

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2224966701
Jun 11, 2017

Excellent as are all of his books

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franzkafka
May 03, 2017

Move along. Nothing new or worthwhile seeing in this shallow puddle of a book.

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StarGladiator
Jan 23, 2017

Following in the long line of Fake Newsies . . . it's Thomas Friedman, again!?
One thing thise Fake Newsies will never tell us is this very simple thing: those countries with the largest middle classes [say, Germany, for instance] also have the greatest bargaining power for their workers [which is exactly German] - - while those with the smallest middle classes [that would be the USA, UK and Peru] also have the workers with the least bargaining power. Real simple equation, that! And the primary standard to measure any president, American, or otherwise? Whether the workers' bargaining power has risen or shrunk during their administrations!

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StarGladiator
Dec 08, 2016

I was so happy to hear that Friedman's super-rich father-in-law had lost billions in the Global Economic Meltdown - - either he was a complete idiot or just not part of the In Crowd, huh?
Friedman, like Bill Kristol, et al., is so uniquely wrong about everything I hesitate to read any of the drivel he has written. Friedman urges the offshoring of America, while his many chins continue to wiggle. Of course he wins many prizes, as do the other evangelists of unemployment and economic warfare on the American worker. Bravo, another pile of wasted trees from Friedman.
The globalization of labor [lowered wages, loss of opportunity] and the globalization of housing prices [allowing anyone from any country to bid up housing and rental prices] is a double whammy for the masses, but still only a few understand this? [Perhaps they've been reading too much Friedman?]

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