The World Is Flat

The World Is Flat

A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2006
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The World Is Flat is Thomas L. Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before--creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman's travels around the world and across the Americanheartland--from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt.
In The World Is Flat , Friedman at once shows "how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive" (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he 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; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. 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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2006
Edition: 1st updated and expanded ed
ISBN: 9780374292799
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 FRIEDMAN
Characteristics: viii, 593 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 21, 2018

I found this book to be good read on the current economy of the world and the forces that brought about the changes and would definitely recommend it.

Aug 14, 2016

I made it to pg 52 where Mr Friedman expounds on the awesomeness of TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS as being what makes Capitalism such a wonderful system.

Apr 18, 2014

Only the most profound idiot could take anything Friedman writes seriously. And where do those multiple chins of his come from? Glad his father-in-law lost his fortune in the economic meltdown; couldn't have happened to a more deserving slumlord.

Jul 02, 2012

Good history reading but working with international teams have many obstacles in real life and book does not mention the down sides of international business.

May 21, 2012

Long read but pretty good intro into today's economy.

Jul 04, 2011

Authored by the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, Friedman argues that ten business forces have leveled or flattened the global competitive playing field. Computers, the internet, collaboration among worldwide communities and new players challenge America's domination. His solution is rebuilding our scientific and engineering base, thereby making us the world's leading innovator. As an aside, he summarizes the impact on the Arab-Muslim world, why they are in conflict with America, and what we can do to resolve the conflict. Although twenty percent could be edited to tighten the argument, this is a VIB (Very Important Book) and a must read.

Sep 26, 2009

This book is preachy, boring and not a quarter as profound as I think the author wants it to be. You'll get as much reading the back cover as you will trudging through the whole thing.

Mar 27, 2009

This is one of those books where, about halfway through, I began to wish I'd been taking notes. Thomas Friedman argues that due to universal increases in access to technology, the earth -- if not physically -- is flattening with respect to growth and opportunity, becoming a much more level playing field.

It took a few chapters for Friedman to really engage me, but I was soon both engrossed and alarmed. It becomes crystal clear that in order for the US to maintain its powerhouse economic leadership in the world community, it must adopt a much more active, rather than complacent, attitude or eventually be trampled by any of several other rapidly growing economies currently nipping at its heels.

Oct 20, 2008

what internet has wrought

Jul 15, 2006

Emminantly readable and for the most part entertaining. Educational for those of us looking for more info about globalization. Although Friedman definately glosses over the problems - Wal Mart, job loss, etc.


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