The World Is Flat

The World Is Flat

A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

eBook - 2007
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In this book the author, a New York Times columnist advances the work on globalization published in his book The Lexus and the Olive Tree. Claiming that the world is now at an important historical point, as important as the changes brought by the discoveries by Columbus or by the Industrial Revolution, he analyzes the events, inventions, and business practices that have resulted in a changed world, one he calls Globalization 3.0. In this new edition he includes fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. Weaving new information into his overall thesis, and answering 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 question of how to manage our reputations and privacy in a world where we are all becoming publishers and public figures. This book serves as an update on globalization, its opportunities for individual empowerment, its achievements at lifting millions out of poverty, and its drawbacks, environmental, social, and political.
Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2007]
Edition: First Picador edition, Further updated and expanded
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781429923071
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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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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