The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series featured New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman discussing his latest book: Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. Friedman was interviewed by Aspen Institute President & CEO Walter Isaacson.
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About the Author
Tom Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist. His foreign affairs column in The New York Times, which he has written since 1995, reports on US domestic politics and foreign policy, Middle East conflicts, international economics, environment, biodiversity, and energy. Friedman has been with The New York Times since 1981. He is also the author of six best-selling books: From Beirut to Jerusalem; The Lexus and the Olive Tree; Longitudes and Attitudes; The World Is Flat; Hot, Flat, and Crowded; and That Used to Be Us, which he co-wrote with Michael Mandelbaum. Friedman is the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes.
About The Book
In Thank You for Being Late, Thomas L. Friedman steps back from the headlines to expose the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today. As Friedman shows, technology, globalization, and the climate are all undergoing rapid transformation – much of it driven by the exponential increase in computing power defined by Moore’s Law. Ever since 2007, improvements in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking have coalesced into a new technology platform that Friedman calls “the supernova” – an extraordinary release of energy that is transforming everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations and our most intimate relationships. This change in the pace of change is transforming the entire planet, creating new opportunities for individuals and groups to save the world – or to destroy it.
With vision, authority, and wit, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations – if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. Thank You for Being Late establishes an essential blueprint for how to think about our own times.