I felt the thesis behind this lengthy book - that our lives in the rat race are moving at an ever faster pace (and that, in the author's view, the advantages to this outweigh the disadvantages) - could have been pruned down to a short pamphlet, published by a niche Think Tank. Of course, it is foolish to try and emulate King Canute and Robert Colvile posits the many ways the pace of our lives is speeding inevitably ever faster - but to where or what? Heart attacks all round? Nevertheless, Colvile is universally positive, despite fairly setting out each 'down side'. I would beg to disagree with this no-exceptions sunny picture. In particular, the pace we lead our lives today requires each of us to have razor sharp and nimble minds in order to succeed. Good people, hard-working people - yes, intelligent people - born with a more methodical outlook and/or requiring some certainties, reference points and structure, are likely to be spat out by this speedy society. The Great Acceleration will make us more ruthless, less mannered, and society will (already is) become increasingly focused on an elitist "winner takes all" excluding and brutal future.