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Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Thank You for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman, narrated by Oliver Wyman.
From the Pulitzer Prize winner and number one international best-selling author of The World Is Flat, an essential and entertaining field guide to thriving in the 21st century.
We all sense it - something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your children. You can't miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are speeding up - and it is dizzying. In Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike any he has attempted before, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them.
Friedman's thesis is that to understand the 21st 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 all accelerating at once, transforming the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics and community.
An extraordinary release of energy is reshaping everything from how we hail taxis to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is creating vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world - or perhaps to destroy it.
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 being late - for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we're passing through and reflecting on its possibilities and dangers. He shows us how we can anchor ourselves as individuals in the eye of this storm and how communities can create a topsoil of trust to do the same for their increasingly diverse and digital populations.
Written with his trademark vitality, wit and optimism, and with unequalled access to many of those at the forefront of the changes he is describing all over the world, Thank You for Being Late is Friedman's most ambitious book - and an essential guide to the present and the future.
©2016 Thomas L. Friedman (P)2016 Penguin AudioBooks Penguin
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By Wayne Vercueil on 05-19-17

extremely interesting

enlightening, surreal, some areas drawn out a little. overall a must read for our age of disruption, to understand and cope with it.

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By Paulus on 05-16-17

Great narrative of the world today and inspiring

Great journey through the world of today. Where WW are, where we are headed and how to turn towards a sustainable future.

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By Anthony on 11-26-17

Future needs: Technology, trust and social capital

Excellent commentary, memoir, and analysis from leading New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. The book is filled with insights regarding technology, communication, accelerating change, and how to keep your cool. It highlights the importance of trust, social capital, community and social cohesion. It emphasises personal relationships and engagement and brings a sensitive focus to the the current period of accelerating globalisation and change. It's down-to-earth, genuine and empathetic. Well worth a listen.

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By S K. on 08-28-17

Beautiful book

Great stories and a fine journey. Did what all good books do it gets you thinking and inspired. A gem find time to listen and your world view will be changed.

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By Daniel Burgess on 06-14-17

A fascinating picture of where the world is headed and the pace at which we are going there

This audiobook has been blowing my mind lately. Friedman has a skilful way of communicating such varied and complex topics in a way that I can understand. The stats and stories he provide leave me in awe at the current state of things in the world from technology to environment to business. Reveals a pretty astonishing picture of where the world currently is and where it is heading. Well read and skilfully researched and written.

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By lara on 01-22-18


What did you like most about Thank You for Being Late?

Such an engaging start and such and interesting author. It has a few slow patches but is definitely worth listening to right through.

What other book might you compare Thank You for Being Late to, and why?

The Four.

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