Number of page: 496
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Political Science
A New York Times Bestseller A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observersWe 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.
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- Terry Mark
So relevant. A must-read for anyone in leadership, or affected by leadership.
- Common Brown
Incredible read I can actually say that I have a different perspective on technology and the world after reading this book.
- Keegan Pillay
The first half of the book was so inspirational, and it changed my thinking. The last third of the book was disappointing, it’s almost like two different books.
- angela jackson
I have not read the book completely. Something occured in the technology. I already felt the problem at this point in society is the speed of technology so i am enjoying the beggining and hope to clear up the problem soon. I have a grave concern for the divide in our races and see the desire is the same is the ability to feed one’s family. The continuous changes in technology require a swifter change and people have to be constantly learning to improve tha present process. I like the delivery of the message the book is easy to follow so far and I am engolfed deeply. I still do not know what my part is but we all can see new self driving cars which could unvamp uber and lyft companies.
LibraryThing Review Thomas Friedman’s books should be must reading for two groups: those in public office, and those who are not in public office.
LibraryThing Review Interesting examples but.this book could probably been successful as a long magazine article. It was a bit repetitive in part! Overall a faily good effort andoli would always read his stuff!
LibraryThing Review I like Thomas Friedman; I have a lot of respect for him. But I have a real problem with Friedman books. “Thank You for Being Late” is my third, at least, and I’ve had the same issue time and again
LibraryThing Review I enjoyed Tom Friedman’s articles in the New York Times and his observations and comments in various other media including the new shows. It took me a while to read the book ( 460 pages) but it was
LibraryThing Review The book caught my eye because of the word “optimist” in the subtitle—I do like books that give me a sense of possibility. He spends the first half of the book talking about acceleration—of
The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, Edition 3
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That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
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