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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide To Thriving In The Age of Accelerations
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Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide To Thriving In The Age of Accelerations


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

In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration--and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell-phone service and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens. Meanwhile, Mother Nature is also seeing dramatic changes as carbon levels rise and species go extinct, with compounding results.

How do these changes interact, and how can we cope with them? To get a better purchase on the present, Friedman returns to his Minnesota childhood and sketches a world where politics worked and joining the middle class was an achievable goal. Today, by contrast, it is easier than ever to be a maker (try 3-D printing) or a breaker (the Islamic State excels at using Twitter), but harder than ever to be a leader or merely "average." Friedman concludes that nations and individuals must learn to be fast (innovative and quick to adapt), fair (prepared to help the casualties of change), and slow (adept at shutting out the noise and accessing their deepest values). With vision, authority, and wit, Thank You for Being Late establishes a blueprint for how to think about our times.

Title:Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide To Thriving In The Age of Accelerations
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:486 pages
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  • Susan
    Dec 18, 2016

    Subtitled, “An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations,” this book has a lot to say for those of who were born, and grew up, before the internet in particular. The author is a j...

  • Diane
    Jun 23, 2017

    I couldn't finish this book. The author's writing style comes across as really precious, and the chapters are bloated because he repeats himself a lot. The points I was beaten over the head with befor...

  • Steven Hull
    Dec 29, 2016

    Some people don’t like Tom Friedman. He is a liberal-progressive on most issues, he works for the liberal New York Times, and he is not a fan of Donald Trump. In this book he identifies three trend...

  • Katia Nosenko
    Jan 24, 2017

    The book is certainly ambitious in its scope: it sets out the forces which are driving the world and how it would effect the future. To summarise its main idea, we entered the era of acceleration and ...

  • Andrew
    Oct 13, 2016

    So many books have purported to explain technology, the twenty-first century, and social change.This may very well be THE one....

  • Dan Graser
    Nov 27, 2016

    As an avid reader of Friedman's column and his books, this (unfortunately to me) amounts to quite a disappointment especially given the quality of his output. The subtitle of the book, "An optimist's ...

  • Jeff Sutherland
    Dec 29, 2016

    The world as we know it started in 2007. That's when Facebook really got going, the iPhone and Android were launched, Twitter and Github got started ... That's the year I started doing consulting and ...

  • Stephen
    Mar 16, 2017

    TL;DR: I can't recommend this book for someone in the tech field or who follows technology news with any regularity. However, if you are not as familiar with technology products released from 2007 to ...

  • Gwen
    Nov 28, 2016

    Good overview of accelerating change. A guide? Missing inclusive innovative social systems approach to avoid leadership blind spots.Friedman did a good job of describing the in-between nature of how t...

  • Brad Boyson
    Nov 27, 2016

    I wanted to like this book so much. Thomas Friedman's track record of insightful, intelligent, anti-academic, universally popular narratives weaving together disparate ideas is legendary. However this...