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 ...
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.
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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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