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Friedman, the well-traveled New York Times foreign-affairs columnist, peppers The Lexus and the Olive Tree with stories that illustrate his central theme: that globalization--the Lexus--is the central organizing principle of the post-cold war world, even though many individuals and nations resist by holding onto what has traditionally mattered to them--the olive tree.
Problem is, few of us understand what exactly globalization means. As Friedman sees it, the concept, at first glance, is all about American hegemony, about Disneyfication of all corners of the earth. But the reality, thank goodness, is far more complex than that, involving international relations, global markets, and the rise of the power of individuals (Bill Gates, Osama Bin Laden) relative to the power of nations.
No one knows how all this will shake out, but The Lexus and the Olive Tree is as good an overview of this sometimes brave, sometimes fearful new world as you'll find. --Lou Schuler
Overall a very insightful book and highly recommended for ease of reading.
Parts One and Two of this book are actually quite strong as Friedman remains mostly objective in describing the rise of globalization and where things stand today.
Some people may like his continuous optimism, but I couldn't help feeling that Friedman 'doth protest too much'.
FANTASTIC! This is the fourth or fifth book I've ordered from Green Earth. They always downplay the style of the book when you order it.. Very good? Nu huh. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ms. Stephanie J. Young
Amazing book! After reading it you you start to question if it was actually written at the end of the 1990s. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fabio
I was hoping for more scholarship and less subjective evaluation. Someone else might appreciate this, but I gave the book away after I sped read it.Published 9 months ago by Ann Rosenthal
This book is clearly a product of the 1990s - optimistically thinking that capitalism and American-led globalization will solve all our problems. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Michael Dulin
The book was purchased due to educational requirements, with that said. Thomas Friedman has some good points regarding globalization and requirements for emerging nations.Published 11 months ago by Wingfoot 3A
The book provides excellent insight to where Globalization is headed. Friedman is also excellent at laying it out so any reader can understand the discussion.Published 12 months ago by D. Henebry
When will the world start to treat the idea of globalization as an honest way of looking at how the world may be operating.Published 12 months ago by Michael S. Griffin
what he saying is justification of all bad things that are being done by Israel and States and Western world to the rest of the world under than name of 'free markets',... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer