The Acceleration of Just about Everything
By James Gleick
Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679775485, 352pp.
Publication Date: September 5, 2000
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
"Well written and enjoyable. . . . A book that demands your attention." --The Christian Science Monitor
"Nimble, smart, often funny, and--best of all--fast." --The New York Times Book Review