Thank You for Being Late
|Publisher||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
The 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 "is a master class in explaining."
- "At Bloomberg, John Micklethwait channels an ancient ancestor".
- Thomas Friedman (2016). Thank you for Being Late: an Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 486. ISBN 9780241301449.
- Micklethwait, John (November 22, 2016). "The Message of Thomas Friedman's New Book: It's Going to Be O.K." The New York Times. Retrieved May 21, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: