The World Is Flat

The World Is Flat

A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374292881
0374292884
Branch Call Number: 303.4833 FRI
Characteristics: viii, 488 p.

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brainstain
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.

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StarGladiator
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.

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conniewong13
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.

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starveddog
May 21, 2012

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

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fred98115
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.

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tylermhawkins
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.

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ryner
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.

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Oct 20, 2008

what internet has wrought

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crowpluto
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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