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Publisher's Summary

From the best-selling, National Book Award-nominated author 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.

©2000 James Gleick (P)2011 Random House

Critic Reviews

"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)
"Nimble, smart, often funny, and - best of all - fast." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Matthew
  • Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
  • 08-20-15

Slow

no thesis, unrelatably dated, no where close as good as his other works (Information, Chaos.) Just a long rant that things are now (in the nineties) faster than they used to be, with a lot of false narratives instead of evidence

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  • John Bates
  • 01-27-13

A bit of a Disappointment

Dated, slow, tedious. Not what I was hoping for. A was initially disappointed that I couldn't get hold of the unabridged version but once I started listening to it I realised how fortunate I had been.



If you enjoyed the excellent "Chaos: Making a New Science" and "The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood" also by James Gleick don't listen to this - it's not in the same league.

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