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Faster: The Acceleration of Just About Everythingby James Gleick
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From the bestselling, National Book Award-nominated auhtor of Genius and Chaos, a bracing new work about the accelerating pace of change in today's world.
Most of us suffer some degree of "hurry sickness," a malady that has launched us into the "epoch of the nanosecond," a need-everything-yesterday sphere dominated by cell phones, computers, faxes, and remote controls. Yet for all the hours, minutes, and even seconds being saved, we're still filling our days to the point that we have no time for such basic human activities as eating, sex, and relating to our families. Written with fresh insight and thorough research, Faster is a wise and witty look at a harried world not likely to slow down anytime soon.
"Fascinating and disturbing, amusing and informative, Faster is an eclectic stew combining history, academic research, and anecdotes drawn from the popular media." The Boston Globe
"Gleick has done a magnificent job of outlining and defining the problem in a cogent and witty fashion; this book is an exemplar of thorough reporting." Chicago Sun-Times
"Faster is a fast read... one worth every millisecond of your time." Gina Imperato, Net Company
"In FASTER [Gleick] trains a magnifying glass on our speed-driven world, illuminating the modern human's obsession with time and challenging a few myths about our relation to it....FASTER is filled with so many lively facts and anecdotes about time that it has an urgent tension. It almost makes reading seem like a waste of time....But Gleick manages to keep a hold on the reader, even if he occasionally treads dangerously close to list-making where narrative and analysis would work better." Kathryn Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle
Gleick examines the phenomenon of "hurry sickness" that has taken hold of today's society through cell phones, computers, faxes and remote controls.
This work dissects our unceasing daily struggle to squeeze as much as we can - but never enough - into the 1440 minutes of each day. Speed is the key strategy for saving time, and James Gleick shows us how in just about every area, speed has become the experience we all have in common.
About the Author
James Gleick is the author of Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman (available from Vintage Books) and Chaos: Making a New Science, both of which were National Book Award nominees. He lives in New York.
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