Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Version 2.0, With a New Afterword)

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Version 2.0, With a New Afterword)

by Thomas L. Friedman

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Overview

#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: 9780594920861
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 10/24/2017
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 331,583
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN is a recipeint of the American Bar Association's D'Alemberte-Raven Award for outstanding service in dispute resolution, and a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his work with The New York Times. He is 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 13

Part II Accelerating

2 What the Hell Happened in 2007? 39

3 Moore's Law 71

4 The Supernova 159

5 The Market 219

6 Mother Nature 287

Part III Innovating

7 Just Too Damned Fast 339

8 Turning AI into IA 367

9 Control vs. Kaos 438

10 Mother Nature as Political Mentor 534

11 Is God in Cyberspace? 604

12 Always Looking for Minnesota 641

13 You Can Go Home Again (and You Should!) 732

Part IV Anchoring

14 From Minnesota to the World and Back 795

Acknowledgments 807

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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
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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.