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The Optimistic Jew,
This review is from: The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (Paperback)
This is an easy book to parody and the anti-globalists have had a field day with it. It might be over stated and breezily simplistic, but its basic message is true and accurate. And unlike those who reject globalization, Friedman offers some interesting ideas to ameliorate some of its injustices. One idea I found attractive was "work insurance". Someone who lost his or her job in the developed world due to off-shoring to a 3rd world country would have the difference in income lost provided by the state provided they were working at another job.
The first two sentences of my own book "The Optimistic Jew" best describe the impact this book had on me. "Why am I optimistic about the future of the Jews? Because the `flat (globalized) world' that Tom Friedman describes in this book enables the Jewish people to turn the 21st century into the century in which one's Jewishness will no longer be a burden or a barrier, or constitute a sacrifice".