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 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 par... more »t 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.« 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.