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Thomas Friedman

The World is Flat

With the adoption of new technology by countries such as China and India, the competitors for your job won't just be down the road - they may well live half way round the world. In The World is Flat: The Globalized World in the Twenty-first Century Thomas Friedman looks at how this change has taken place, and what you should do about it.

Friedman has visited a large number of businesses, in many parts of the world, and he tells of how partnerships are forming between companies in the West and new businesses in emerging economies. He also analysis the factors which are converging to bring about a new way of doing business around the world.

One thing I noticed when I started the book was that Friedman really seems to believe that Columbus discovered that the earth was round - it seems he has never heard of Eratosthenes. As the book went on I felt that there was more of the same pattern - he is trying to take the readers out of their comfort zone, just not too far. So there's a nod towards environmentalism, but not much thought about the large scale changes that global warming might bring. And his message seems to be that we in the West must all work harder, while I think that more and more people will reject the materialistic lifestyle which requires this. So, yes, you should read this book if you want to know about the present state of the world, but I don't think that it gives too much of an idea of it's possible future. . info
Paperback 672 pages  
ISBN: 1553651758
Salesrank: 361991
Weight:1.15 lbs
Published: 2007 Douglas & Mcintyre
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A New Edition of the Phenomenal #1 Bestseller

"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in The New York Times reviewing The World Is Flat in 2005. In this new edition, Thomas L. Friedman includes fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. Weaving new information into his overall thesis, and answering the questions he has been most frequently asked by parents across the country, this third edition also includes two new chapters--on how to be a political activist and social entrepreneur in a flat world; and on the more troubling question of how to manage our reputations and privacy in a world where we are all becoming publishers and public figures.

The World Is Flat 3.0 is an essential update on globalization, its opportunities for individual empowerment, its achievements at lifting millions out of poverty, and its drawbacks--environmental, social, and political, powerfully illuminated by the Pulitzer Prize--winning author of The Lexus and the Olive Tree.