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. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman brilliantly demystifies the ...
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. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for listeners, making sense of the advances in technology and communications that challenge us to run even faster just to stay in place. For these updated and expanded editions, Friedman has added more hours of commentary, fresh stories and insights. New material includes: - The reasons the flattening of the world will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like the invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution - A mapping of the New Middle--the places and spaces in the flat world where middle-class jobs will be found--and portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers - An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world - An account of the globalization of the local: how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world More than ever, The World Is Flat is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.
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Jan 26, 2012
I like it
This is a good book to help you understand the origins of globalization and its consequences.
Jan 16, 2012
Waste of Time
Thomas Friedman is back again with plenty of posturing and sham profundity as he hops onto the latest bandwagon in search of royalties.
Ignore him as he does not grasp economic reality but purely writes amusing pieces that, when intensely studied, fail miserably. He is a left-wing, pro-war, pro-globalization propaganda commentator who believes in big government.
Note how all of his solutions to make things better revolve around government central planning and does not care to involve creative free market enterpreneurs. Once you read enough of his drivel, you will see what I am saying.
Again, for your own sake, ignore him.
Apr 22, 2011
This work is a very good example of the main issues enveloping the United States in the 21st Century. Within these pages the reader is taken on a trip to a fantasy land. A land where puerile people believe a 'free market' actually exists.
Never mind that Alyssa Rosenbaum's (aka Ayn Rand) most famous acolyte, Alan Greenspan, has himself denounced the silly notions put forth in this screed. Not so easily dismissed, Thomas Friedman thinks he has found yet another way to make a few more bucks off this failed 'cult of the selfish and the self absorbed'.
Mr. Friedman - it is time to grow up and consider that we live in a community of people. Folks such as yourself who consider ONLY what is best for themselves have no place in our society. Please schedule your trip to "Atlantis" as soon as possible. Undoubtedly, you and your fellow self proclaimed 'Producers' will quickly turn your fantasy utopia into the 'Lord of the Flies'. Please go away now.
Oct 29, 2009
Changes, they just keep on coming
Confused by disappearing industrial jobs or events in the Middle East. Frustrated by technologies rapid advance which seems to leave anyone without a computor behind in the gutter of life's highway. This book brings it all together on a global scale. It should be required reading for High School students who need to understand that we are all members of the new global village hooked together by the internet with all it's myriad influences. The world seems to be evolving into the "haves and the have nots." Friedman deserves high honors for this very important work. Bravo!
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