The World Is Flat : A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
The World Is Flat A Brief History of the Twentyfirst Century Author:Thomas L. Friedman 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 upda... more »ted 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 American heartland-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.« less
This is the best book I've read explaining our changing world. He answers the question, Why has everything been outsourced? And how that is good for those who can think outside the box. This book also gives one a glimpse of what the future is going to be like. A must-read for anybody with an interest in contemporary culture.
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The globalization happens very quickly in the information age and its faces change constantly. Friedman is very knowledgeable on the subject and through his extensive travels and ability to land interviews with some very prominent CEOs and public domain figures he is able to construct the "big picture" of the 21st century world and the major forces that shape it. He's also not hopelessly optimistic or pessimistic on the subject - he's a realist and describes things for what they are.
The second part of the book, where Friedman talks about USA's experience so far in the globalization, should be a required reading in secondary schools and used as a long-term strategy guide by the leaders of the people of the US, if they want to even have a chance to stay competitive in the remainder of the 21st century.
Overall, itis an excellent book, especially this edition, because it is updated with information from 2006-2007.