#1 New York Times Bestseller • Los Angeles Times Bestseller
One of The Wall Street Journal's 10 Books to Read Now • One of Kirkus Reviews's Best Nonfiction Books of the Year • One 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 itsomething 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 onceand 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 forcesMoore’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 worldor to destroy it.
With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerationsif 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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About the Author
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN is a recipeint of the American Bar Association's D'Alemberte-Raven Award for outstanding service in dispute resolution, and a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for his work with The New York Times. He is the author of several bestselling books, including The World Is Flat.
Hometown:Washington, D.C. area
Date of Birth:July 20, 1953
Place of Birth:Minneapolis, Minnesota
Education:B.A. in Mediterranean Studies, Brandeis University, 1975; M.A. in Modern Middle East Studies, Oxford University, 1978
Table of Contents
PART I: REFLECTING
1. Thank You for Being Late
PART II: ACCELERATING
2. What the Hell Happened in 2007?
3. Moore’s Law
4. The Supernova
5. The Market
6. Mother Nature
PART III: INNOVATING
7. Just Too Damned Fast
8. Turning AI into IA
9. Control vs. Kaos
10. Mother Nature as Political Mentor
11. Is God in Cyberspace?
12. Always Looking for Minnesota
13. You Can Go Home Again (and You Should!)
PART IV: ANCHORING
14. From Minnesota to the World and Back
Afterword to the 2017 Edition