Thank You For Being Late

Thank you for Being Late: an Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations is a non-fiction book written by Thomas Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and author. About the book: book is divided into four parts – Reflecting, Accelerating, Innovating and Anchoring. When a friend arrived late for lunch, Friedman said, “Thank You for Being Late”, as it gave him time to reflect, to listen to what was taking place around him and to slow down the pace. He begins by sharing a conversation with a fellow blogger, who also happened to be working as a parking attendant. The unlikely pair ended up spending time together as Friedman helped the blogger refine his process. This led to his own deeper reflection on defining his conceptual framework that underpinned his writing. He took a year’s sabbatical to research and produce this book encapsulating what he discovered. John Micklethwait CBE, editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News, who reviewed Thank you for Being Late for The New York Times, wrote that this is Friedman’s “most ambitious book — part personal odyssey, part common-sense manifesto”. Friedman is a “self-confessed ‘explanatory journalist’ — whose goal is to be a ‘translator from English to English’ and this book is “a master class in explaining.”

Friedman[91] has hosted several documentaries for the Discovery Channel from several locations around the world. In Straddling the Fence (2003), he visited the West Bank and spoke to Israelis and Palestinians about the Israeli West Bank barrier and its impact on their lives. Also in 2003, Thomas L. Friedman Reporting: Searching for the Roots of 9/11[92] aired on the Discovery Times Channel. This program investigated how the Sept. 11th attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon were viewed in the Muslim world.

In The Other Side of Outsourcing (2004),[93] he visited a call centre in Bangalore, interviewing the young Indians working there, and then travelled to an impoverished rural part of India, where he debated the pros and cons of globalization with locals (this trip spawned his later book The World is Flat).

In Does Europe Hate Us? (2005), Friedman travelled through Britain, France and Germany, talking with academics, journalists, Marshall and Rhodes scholars, young Muslims and others about the nature of the strained relationship between Europe and the United States.

Addicted to Oil (2006)[94][95] premiered at the Silverdocs Documentary Festival at 5:30 PM on June 16, 2006, and aired on June 24, 2006, on the Discovery Times Channel. In it he examined the geopolitical, economic, and environmental consequences of petroleum use and ways that green technologies such as alternative fuels and energy efficiency and conservation can reduce oil dependence.

In Green: The New Red, White and Blue (2007),[96] Friedman elaborates on the green technologies and efforts touched on in Addicted to Oil and in doing so, attempts to redefine green energy as geostrategic, geoeconomic, capitalistic and patriotic. He explores efforts by companies and individuals to reduce their carbon footprint and save money with conservation, efficiency, and technologies such as solar, wind, biomass, nuclear, and clean coal.

In 2014, Friedman served as a correspondent for Years of Living Dangerously, a documentary show about climate change. For the show’s first season, he traveled to cover the role climate change has played in conflicts in the region.[97] He also interviewed U.S. President Barack Obama. For the show’s second season in 2016, he traveled to Africa.[98]

Friedman was born on July 20, 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota,[6] the son of Margaret Blanche (née Phillips) and Harold Abe Friedman.[7] Harold, who was vice president of a ball bearing company, United Bearing, died of a heart attack in 1973, when Tom was nineteen years old. Margaret, who served in the United States Navy during World War II and studied Home Economics at the University of Wisconsin, was a homemaker and a part-time bookkeeper. Margaret was also a Senior Life Master duplicate bridge player, and died in 2008. Friedman has two older sisters, Shelly and Jane.

From an early age, Friedman, whose father often took him to the golf course for a round after work, wanted to be a professional golfer. He played a lot of sports, and became serious about tennis and golf. He caddied at a local country club and in 1970 caddied for professional golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez when the US Open came to town.

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