Thank You for Being Late

Thank You for Being Late

An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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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.--
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780374273538
0374273537
Branch Call Number: 303.483 FRIED
Characteristics: 486 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Memawrayne
Jul 01, 2017

A very informative and thought-provoking book. I am glad I don't have to worry about all this at my age. People don't have time to smell the roses. I found it interesting about his comments on the survival of the fittest with species but it also applies to cultures and nations. It isn't the strongest or smartest but the one that can adapt to changes and ideas. Right now our country is leaning toward not surviving due to those who wish to "wall" us off from the rest of the world. The partisanship in this country is similar to the conflicts between Sunni and Shia and Palestinians and Israelis. That is somewhat frightening.
I enjoyed his chapter on growing up in St. Louis Park, MN. I also now know that the cloud is NOT a fluffy, white thing.

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2224966701
Jun 11, 2017

Excellent as are all of his books

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franzkafka
May 03, 2017

Move along. Nothing new or worthwhile seeing in this shallow puddle of a book.

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StarGladiator
Jan 23, 2017

Following in the long line of Fake Newsies . . . it's Thomas Friedman, again!?
One thing thise Fake Newsies will never tell us is this very simple thing: those countries with the largest middle classes [say, Germany, for instance] also have the greatest bargaining power for their workers [which is exactly German] - - while those with the smallest middle classes [that would be the USA, UK and Peru] also have the workers with the least bargaining power. Real simple equation, that! And the primary standard to measure any president, American, or otherwise? Whether the workers' bargaining power has risen or shrunk during their administrations!

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StarGladiator
Dec 08, 2016

I was so happy to hear that Friedman's super-rich father-in-law had lost billions in the Global Economic Meltdown - - either he was a complete idiot or just not part of the In Crowd, huh?
Friedman, like Bill Kristol, et al., is so uniquely wrong about everything I hesitate to read any of the drivel he has written. Friedman urges the offshoring of America, while his many chins continue to wiggle. Of course he wins many prizes, as do the other evangelists of unemployment and economic warfare on the American worker. Bravo, another pile of wasted trees from Friedman.
The globalization of labor [lowered wages, loss of opportunity] and the globalization of housing prices [allowing anyone from any country to bid up housing and rental prices] is a double whammy for the masses, but still only a few understand this? [Perhaps they've been reading too much Friedman?]

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