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TitleThe World Is Flat
AuthorThomas L. Friedman
ISBN0374292795
ImprintThomas L. Friedman Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatHardcover
Pages616

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A timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.When scholars write the history of the world twenty years from now, and they come to the chapter Y2K to March 2004, what will they say was the most crucial development The attacks on the World Trade Center on 9 11 and the Iraq war Or the convergence of technology and events that allowed India, China, and so many other countries to become part of the global supply chain for services and manufacturing, creating an explosion of wealth in the middle classes of the world s two biggest nations, giving them a huge new stake in the success of globalization And with this flattening of the globe, which requires us to run faster in order to stay in place, has the world gotten too small and too fast for human beings and their political systems to adjust in a stable manner In this brilliant new book, the award winning New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman demystifies the brave new world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering global scene unfolding before their eyes With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty first century what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt The World Is Flat is the timely and essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists An expanded and revised version was published in hardcover in April 2006.

Reviews

Daniel

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

I tried to plow through this book, but Thomas Friedman is the most brain dead parrot of the ruling class I have ever known, so I couldn t finish it.His view of globalization is that now, thanks to the paternalistic global order constructed by US multinational corporations, there is cultural and mone... (Sign in to see more)


Jim Fonseca

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

An oldie but a goodie this non fiction book was popular a few years ago 2005 I read it then and took notes By flat he means super interconnected through technology, communications, trade, etc Some notes Ten forces that flattened the world Removal of the Berlin Wall, 1989The world wide web starting w... (Sign in to see more)


Riku Sayuj

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

The World is Not Flat Precis A big project was started in the post war world to let countries grow and prosper and compete without using wars to do so That was the project of globalization A sub or lead project under that was the European Union Friedman s famous book was the recent victory cry for t... (Sign in to see more)


Punk

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

Non Fiction Friedman explains to us, over and over, how globalization has effectively turned the world into a very very small place I was okay with his metaphor of a flat world at first, but over time it started to irritate me It s neither elegant nor practical No matter how many virtual conference ... (Sign in to see more)


Jason Koivu

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

Fucking flat earthersOh wait, that s not what he means All right, maybe I ll read it That was me about five or so years ago when friends kept insisting I read The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman Finally, when my wife recently bought tickets to a local Friedman talk, I resolved to read the da... (Sign in to see more)


Rick

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

The first big mistake I made was deciding to buy the 2.0 edition of the book updated and expanded Redundancy is one of the book s signature features so updating and expanding it only compounds the sins of this feature My second big mistake was deciding to finish reading it after first running agroun... (Sign in to see more)


Matthew

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

Detailed, thorough, and very informative Friedman has a folksy style of journalism that brings complex business and social processes down to earth though he also has an undue penchant for coining obnoxious phrases, like glocalize or Islamo Leninist Good for getting a grip on the major issues of glob... (Sign in to see more)


Rachel

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

Holy sh this book went on and on And on The world is flat, oh yes I see But how flat is the world again, Mr Friedman Tell me once again, exactly how flat is it Really flat You don t say Maybe it s just me being a grad student for too long, but I prefer my nonfiction books to hav... (Sign in to see more)


JC

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

I consider myself a bit of a tech nerd I love any new technology that is designed to enhance my life I can t imagine life before my cell phone, my iPod, and my mac I love flat panel monitors, digital cameras and satellite radio As such I considered myself pretty up on the latest technological advanc... (Sign in to see more)


David

The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

Heads in the sand should read this book This began as a response to one of the harsh reviews previously posted, but I figured it d be just as good as a counterbalance in the review section Using an approach the layman can understand, Friedman chronicles an event which took place the flattening of th... (Sign in to see more)


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