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Thank you for being late : an optimist's guide to thriving in the age of accelerations
Friedman, Thomas L., author.
[Large print ed.]
Publication Information:
Farmington Hills, Michigan : Thorndike Press Large Print, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2017.

Physical Description:
819 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Friedman discusses how the key to understanding the 21st century is understanding that the planet's three largest forces -- Moore's law (technology), the market (globalization) and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loos) -- are accelerating all at once. And these accelerations are transforming the five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community. Friedman posits that we should purposely "be late"--We should pause to appreciate the amazing historical epoch we're passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers--
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2016].
Part I: Reflecting. Thank you for being late -- Part II: Accelerating. What the hell happened in 2007? ; Moore's law ; The supernova ; The market ; Mother Nature -- Part III: Innovating. Just too damned fast ; Turning AI into IA ; Control vs. Kaos ; Mother Nature as political mentor ; Is God in cyberspace? ; Always looking for Minnesota ; You can go home again (and you should!) -- Part IV: Anchoring. From Minnesota to the world and back.

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A New York Times BestsellerA Three-time Recipient of the Pulitzer PrizeOne of the Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2016, Publishers WeeklyOne of the Best Nonfiction Books of 2016, Kirkus ReviewsOne of The Wall Street Journal's "10 Books to Read Now"Something big is going on. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms at once, it's dizzying. Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to think about this era of accelerations. It's also an argument for pausing to appreciate and reflect on this amazing historical epoch we're passing through . . .

Author Notes

Journalist Thomas L. Friedman was born in 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Friedman graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Mediterranean Studies and earned a graduate degree from Oxford in Modern Middle East Studies. His reporting on the war in Lebanon won the George Polk Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He won a second Pulitzer for his work in Israel. Friedman began his career as a correspondent for United Press International and later served as bureau chief for the New York Times in Beirut and Jerusalem. He moved to the op-ed page of The New York Times as a foreign affairs columnist. In 2002, Friedman won his third Pulitzer Prize, this time for Commentary.

Friedman wrote about his experiences as a Jewish-American reporter in the Middle East in From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won the National Book Award in 1989. The bestselling Lexus and the Olive Tree won the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. He wrote Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11 and The World Is Flat, which received the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. His other works include Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0, and That Used to Be Us which made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. His title, Thank You for Being Late, made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2016.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Friedman (coauthor of That Used to Be Us), a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his work as a reporter with the New York Times, engages in an intelligent but overlong discussion of the faster paces of change in technology, globalization, and climate around the world. His core argument is that "simultaneous accelerations in the Market, Mother Nature and Moore's law" (the principle that the power of microchips doubles every two years) constitute an "Age of Accelerations," in which people who feel "fearful or unmoored" must "pause and reflect" rather than panic. Friedman opens with slow-paced, wordy, and at times highly technical discussions of each of his accelerations, with examples that include solar-powered waste compactors, pedometer-wearing cows, the Watson computer's wrong answer on Jeopardy!, and geopolitics. He then offers personal and policy recommendations for coping with accelerations, such as self-motivation, a single-payer health care system, lifelong learning, and encouraging more people to follow the Golden Rule. Unfortunately, Friedman's intriguing facts and ideas are all but buried under too many autobiographical anecdotes and lengthy recollections about the circumstances of interviews he conducted and research he completed, giving readers the recipe and history of all the ingredients along with the meal. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Choice Review

This wonderful book is a balance of astute perception and creative introspection, the hallmark of the author's biweekly columns in the New York Times and his previous six books. He is a master of weaving the dynamics of technology, economics and finance, politics, and culture into a fabric that makes intuitive sense even for those who are more narrow and specialized, with bones to pick here and there. The narrative starts with a blogging Ethiopian parking attendant in Bethesda, MD, and ends with the author's roots in a Minnesota suburb, both reflected in the remarkable quality of Friedman's writing and the shaping of his opinions in the media. In-between stands the "Machine" (not Friedman's word), an unfixed but compelling model of how things work. Somehow it conjures up a Rube Goldberg-style contraption of gears and belts and levers and whistles but with cause-and-effect relationships that continually change. The key forces are globalization, technological change, and climate change. Friedman explores their interaction and its acceleration, which affects individuals and groups, cultures, and values. Acceleration of the pace of change turns out to be a key issue that doesn't necessarily bode well for the Machine, so there are good reasons for taking breathers. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. --Ingo Walter, New York University

Table of Contents

Part I Reflecting
1 Thank You for Being Latep. 13
Part II Accelerating
2 What the Hell Happened in 2007?p. 39
3 Moore's Lawp. 71
4 The Supernovap. 159
5 The Marketp. 219
6 Mother Naturep. 287
Part III Innovating
7 Just Too Damned Fastp. 339
8 Turning AI into IAp. 367
9 Control vs. Kaosp. 438
10 Mother Nature as Political Mentorp. 534
11 Is God in Cyberspace?p. 604
12 Always Looking for Minnesotap. 641
13 You Can Go Home Again (and You Should!)p. 732
Part IV Anchoring
14 From Minnesota to the World and Backp. 795
Acknowledgmentsp. 807