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Faster: Our Race Against Time

James Gleick

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Prose: non-fiction, Popular science

* A book about our obsession with time and how we can cram as much as possible into the 1440 minutes of every day.

Time rules our lives. The frenetic purpose - more than we want to admit, is to save time. Think of one of those conveniences that best convey the most elemental feeling of power over the passing seconds: the microwave oven. In your hurry sickness, you may find yourself punching 88 seconds instead of 90 because it is faster to tap the same digit twice. Do you stand at the microwave for that minute and a half Or is that long enough to make a quick call or run in the next room to finish paying a bill If haste is the gas pedal for the pace of our lives, then multi-tasking is overdrive. FASTER dissects with acute insight and mordant wit 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 - from business cycle time to beeper medicine, from Federal Express to quick playback buttons on answering machines, from the pace of television to our growing need to do two things at once, how speed has become the experience we all have in common - it, more than the message, is what connects us.

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Praise for Faster: Our Race Against Time

  • A bite sized, zippy little book is packed with myriad manifestations of the Need for Speed EXPRESS

  • A book that you can dip in and out of at will, always coming up with an intriguing fact or statistic SUNDAY TIMES

  • Gleick offers a lot of witty observation that s worth more than a few of your precious minutes FOCUS

  • Reveals the growth of hurry sickness OBSERVER

  • A highly readable dissection of our speed-obsessed age THE FACE

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James Gleick

James Gleick was an editor and reporter at the NEW YORK TIMES for ten years. He is the author of GENIUS, CHAOS, which was nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, FASTER, and WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

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