Read The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century Online Free - This new edition of The World Is Flat is Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology & communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before--creating an explosion of wealth in India & China, & challenging the rest to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated & expanded edition features over a 100 pages of new reporting & commentary, drawn from Friedman's travels round the world & across the American heartland--from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt. The World Is Flat shows "how & why globalization has now shifted into warp drive" (Robert Wright, Slate) & demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his ability to translate complex foreign policy & economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the 21st century; what it means to countries, companies, communities & individuals; how governments & societies must adapt & why terrorists want to stand in the way. The World Is Flat is an essential update on globalization, its successes & discontents, powerfully illuminated by a respected journalist.
|Title||:||The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century|
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June 10, 2007
I tried to plow through this book, but Thomas Friedman is the most brain-dead parrot of the ruling class I have ever known, so I couldn't finish it.
His view of globalization is that now, thanks to the paternalistic global order constructed by US multinational corporations, there is cultural and m...
May 29, 2017
An oldie but a goodie; this non-fiction book was popular a few years ago (2005). I read it then and took notes. By “flat” he means super-interconnected through technology, communications, trade, etc. Some notes:
Ten forces that flattened the world:
Removal of the Berlin Wall, 1989
The world wide we...
September 03, 2015
The World is Not Flat
A big project was started in the post-war world to let countries grow and prosper and compete without using wars to do so. That was the project of globalization. A sub- or lead-project under that was the European Union. Friedman’s famous book was the recent victory c...
April 25, 2016
Non-Fiction. Friedman explains to us, over and over, how globalization has effectively turned the world into a very very small place -- I was okay with his metaphor of a flat world at first, but over time it started to irritate me. It's neither elegant nor practical. No matter how many virtual co...
April 18, 2017
"Fucking flat-earthers...Oh wait, that's not what he means? All right, maybe I'll read it."
That was me about five or so years ago when friends kept insisting I read The World Is Flat by Thomas Friedman. Finally, when my wife recently bought tickets to a local Friedman talk, I resolved to read the...
January 13, 2008
The first big mistake I made was deciding to buy the 2.0 edition of the book (updated and expanded). Redundancy is one of the book’s signature features so updating and expanding it only compounds the sins of this feature. My second big mistake was deciding to finish reading it after first running...
September 25, 2008
Detailed, thorough, and very informative. Friedman has a folksy style of journalism that brings complex business and social processes down to earth (though he also has an undue penchant for coining obnoxious phrases, like "glocalize" or "Islamo-Leninist"). Good for getting a grip on the major iss...
July 28, 2008
Holy sh... this book went on and on. And on. The world is flat, oh yes! I see! But how flat is the world again, Mr. Friedman? Tell me once again, exactly how flat is it? Really flat? You don't say!
Maybe it's just me being a grad student for too long, but I prefer my nonfiction books to have a lis...
September 12, 2007
I consider myself a bit of a tech-nerd. I love any new technology that is designed to enhance my life. I can't imagine life before my cell phone, my iPod, and my mac. I love flat-panel monitors, digital cameras and satellite radio. As such I considered myself pretty up on the latest technological...
April 28, 2008
I made it through "A History of God" and "Absalom, Absalom!" but I could not make myself finish this book. I gave it six weeks and 350 pages, but in the end I couldn't take any more.
Friedman's writing is at times brilliant: he is a master synthesizer, taking complicated economic, political, tech...