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 field guide to the twenty-first century shares strategies for surviving today's hectic technological, environmental, and economic challenges, contrasting present-day environments with the working model of an earlier generation.

McMillan Palgrave

#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.

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A field guide to the 21st century by a three-time Pulitzer Prize recipient and author of The World Is Flat shares strategies for surviving today's hectic technological, environmental and economic challenges, contrasting present-day environments with the working model of an earlier generation.

Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780374715144
Characteristics: text file,rda
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infofarrell Mar 19, 2018

A must read for everyone. Well written and engaging. Very relevant to our times.

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.

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.

Jun 11, 2017

Excellent as are all of his books

May 03, 2017

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

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!

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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