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Thank You for Being Late


Thank You for Being Late

by Thomas L. Friedman

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  • ISBN 9780374715144
  • English
  • 649 Pages
  • 176690 Words

Thank You for Being Late

by Thomas L. Friedman

#1 New York Times BestsellerLos 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.

Review & Comments

  • Mitch Heimpel

    and just a little preachy. It's impossible to read this book and not learn something. Friedman has a unique ability to both educate and inspire. At one point, when he ascribes a political agenda to Mother Nature, one feels we're learning more about the author than his subject. Thw book remained almost impossible to put down.

    December 30, 2016
  • John, Ottawa

    This book brings so many threads that are weaving together at increasing speed and complexity to create our (potentially beautiful but often scary) present and future world. While reading Mr. Friedman's detailed and clear explanations I felt that I was understanding many of these threads much more clearly. I find his call to each of us to be responsible to do what we can to create and sustain the communities where we live and are grounded both heartening and challenging. In the face of what often seems dehumanizing and overwhelming, I have to agree with Mr. Friedman that building human communities may be our best hope.

    July 14, 2017
  • Jim

    Found the last half of book repetitive. A long hard read.

    August 12, 2017
  • Larry Mlynowski

    A great read. Took some time but got through it. Grew up in a similar environment but was not lucky enough to have the links to go back. Born in Bergen Belsen after the war. Came to Canada, one of the best countries on the planet to welcome immigrants even with the anti semitism we encountered during the trip from then to now. My friends and family consider me the eternal optimist. Glad to meet another.

    October 26, 2018
  • Rob

    Thoroughly enjoyable. Mr Friedman provides a firsthand narrative dissecting society while providing a roadmap to future success.

    December 6, 2017

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