In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed [NOOK Book]

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We live in the age of speed. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more into each minute, each hour, each day. Since the Industrial Revolution shifted the world into high gear, the cult of speed has pushed us to a breaking point. Consider these facts: Americans on average spend seventy-two minutes of every day behind the wheel of a car, a typical business executive now loses sixty-eight hours a year to being put on hold, and American adults currently devote on average a mere ...

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In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed

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Overview

We live in the age of speed. We strain to be more efficient, to cram more into each minute, each hour, each day. Since the Industrial Revolution shifted the world into high gear, the cult of speed has pushed us to a breaking point. Consider these facts: Americans on average spend seventy-two minutes of every day behind the wheel of a car, a typical business executive now loses sixty-eight hours a year to being put on hold, and American adults currently devote on average a mere half hour per week to making love.

Living on the edge of exhaustion, we are constantly reminded by our bodies and minds that the pace of life is spinning out of control. In Praise of Slowness traces the history of our increasingly breathless relationship with time and tackles the consequences of living in this accelerated culture of our own creation. Why are we always in such a rush? What is the cure for time sickness? Is it possible, or even desirable, to slow down? Realizing the price we pay for unrelenting speed, people all over the world are reclaiming their time and slowing down the pace -- and living happier, healthier, and more productive lives as a result. A Slow revolution is taking place.

Here you will find no Luddite calls to overthrow technology and seek a preindustrial utopia. This is a modern revolution, championed by cell-phone using, e-mailing lovers of sanity. The Slow philosophy can be summed up in a single word -- balance. People are discovering energy and efficiency where they may have been least expected -- in slowing down.

In this engaging and entertaining exploration, award-winning journalist and rehabilitated speedaholic Carl Honoré details our perennial love affair with efficiency and speed in a perfect blend of anecdotal reportage, history, and intellectual inquiry. In Praise of Slowness is the first comprehensive look at the worldwide Slow movements making their way into the mainstream -- in offices, factories, neighborhoods, kitchens, hospitals, concert halls, bedrooms, gyms, and schools. Defining a movement that is here to stay, this spirited manifesto will make you completely rethink your relationship with time.

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Editorial Reviews

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Journalist and best-selling author Honore advances his advocacy outlined in his slow-movement paradigm In Praise of Slowness as he examines how complex problems are best solved, this time with an emphasis on practicing patience. He argues that humans are natural problem solvers and are inclined to act quickly, to avoid danger, and to meet their immediate needs. Society's addiction to instant gratification encourages and rewards these instincts, but, he maintains, quick actions don't solve long-standing and multifaceted dilemmas. Honore investigates how institutional and societal problems can benefit from applying the principles he identifies as elements of the "slow fix." Covering situations from failing schools in Los Angeles and the prison system in Norway to the crime-ridden city of Bogotá, Colombia, and the coffee farms of Costa Rica, he proposes the ingredients for long-term solutions. VERDICT Readers wishing for a problem-solving formula won't find it here. Instead, Honore's challenge is to slow down, analyze, assess, and explore how others have turned around failing organizations and systems with lasting results.—Carol Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin, Whitewater Libs.
Gary Erickson - Entrepreneur & CEO of Clif Bar Inc.
“Taking the time to read this may be the best decision an entrepreneur, manager, or anyone working full time, can make.”
The Oprah Magazine O
“...a brilliant criticism of the culture of speed. Honoré is a proponent of the Slow movement, which encourages a deceleration of everything from cooking to business management, driving to talking styles-based on the belief that speed can produce disconnection from daily life.”
Bill McKibben
“It is worth allowing its subversive message to sink slowly in so it has a chance of changing your life.”
John de Graaf
“Take the time to read this important, excellently written book — our future depends on the ideas it contains!”
Entrepreneur & CEO of Clif Bar Inc. - Gary Erickson
"Taking the time to read this may be the best decision an entrepreneur, manager, or anyone working full time, can make."
Larry Dossey
“If you sometimes feel engulfed by the mad pace of modern life —— IN PRAISE OF SLOWNESS could prove life-saving.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“A persuasive case against mindless speed and an intriguing array of ways ‘to make the moment last.’”
BookPage
“A skillful blend of investigative reportage, history and reflection on time and our relationship to it.”
Economist
“A friendly and intelligent guide for harried types looking to change gear at home, work or play.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061907319
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 124,265
  • File size: 425 KB

Meet the Author

Carl Honore is an award-winning journalist and author whose revolutionary first book, In Praise of Slowness, was an international bestseller and has been published in more than thirty languages. Honoré is a highly sought after lecturer who speaks around the world on slow living and the Slow Movement, and his work has appeared in publications including The Economist, Observer, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, Houston Chronicle, TIME magazine, and National Post. Honore lives in London with his wife and their two children.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Slowness is the key to living life to the fullest in the Fast Lane.

    Finally, a book to challenge the speed freaks, habitual microwave users and people who prefer to read cliff notes! Carl Honore writes an excellent book that makes a persuasive argument that the best way to enjoy and maintain a healthy lifestyle is to find time to slow down. While he does not advocate chucking the speed baby out with the bathwater, he does stress that one should find time to slow down and enjoy life so when people are on the fast track they are constructive instead of burnt out.

    He does his best to outline ways that you can slow down without taking extra time out. He makes a persuasive argument against speeding while driving, for slow workouts and taking the stairs whenever feasible. He does not stop at the easy changes, and advocates much more in depth lifestyle changes for those who can manage it, from slow cooking to moving into a slow neighborhood/city.

    Overall, there is something that just about anyone who wants to slow down should be able to use and start on the road to constructive easy living.

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  • Posted October 17, 2009

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    slow movment? how interesting

    welcomes you to a calmer point of view of life. how restful your journey thru it could be. Inspired me to pay more attention to the things i do/eat. by doing so i have found more enjoyment in life and can laugh more.

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