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“Captivating . . . an enthralling read. To his great credit, Friedman embraces much of his flat world's complexity, and his reporting brings to vibrant life some beguiling characters and trends. . . . [The World is Flat] is also more lively, provocative, and sophisticated than the overwhelming bulk of foreign policy commentary these days. We've no real idea how the twenty-first century's history will unfold, but this terrifically stimulating book will certainly inspire readers to start thinking it all through.” ―Warren Bass, The Washington Post
“Nicely sums up the explosion of digital-technology advances during the past fifteen years and places the phenomenon in its global context. . . . Friedman never shrinks from the biggest problems and the thorniest issues.” ―Paul Magnusson, BusinessWeek
“[This book's] insight is true and deeply important. . . . The metaphor of a flat world, used by Friedman to describe the next phase of globalization, is ingenious.” ―Fareed Zakaria, The New York Times Book Review (front cover review)
“A brilliant, instantly clarifying metaphor for the latest, arguably the most profound conceptual mega-shift to rock the world in living memory.” ―David Ticoll, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“No one today chronicles global shifts in simple and practical terms quite like Friedman. He plucks insights from his travels and the published press that can leave you spinning like a top. Or rather, a pancake.” ―Clayton Jones, The Christian Science Monitor
“[The World is Flat] is filled with the kind of close reporting and intimate yet accessible analysis that have been hard to come by. Add in Friedman's winning first-person interjections and masterful use of strategic wonksterisms, and this book should end up on the front seats of quite a few Lexuses and SUVs of all stripes.” ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
About the Author
Thomas L. Friedman is an internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist-the recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes and the author of six bestselling books, among them From Beirut to Jerusalem and The World Is Flat.
He was born in Minneapolis in 1953, and grew up in the middle-class Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. He graduated from Brandeis University in 1975 with a degree in Mediterranean studies, attended St. Antony's College, Oxford, on a Marshall Scholarship, and received an M.Phil. degree in modern Middle East studies from Oxford. After three years with United Press International, he joined The New York Times, where he has worked ever since as a reporter, correspondent, bureau chief, and columnist. At the Times, he has won three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1983 for international reporting (from Lebanon), in 1988 for international reporting (from Israel), and in 2002 for his columns after the September 11th attacks.
Friedman's first book, From Beirut to Jerusalem, won the National Book Award in 1989. His second book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization (1999), won the Overseas Press Club Award for best book on foreign policy in 2000. In 2002 FSG published a collection of his Pulitzer Prize-winning columns, along with a diary he kept after 9/11, as Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11. His fourth book, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century (2005) became a #1 New York Times bestseller and received the inaugural Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in November 2005. A revised and expanded edition was published in hardcover in 2006 and in 2007. The World Is Flat has sold more than 4 million copies in thirty-seven languages.
In 2008 he brought out Hot, Flat, and Crowded, which was published in a revised edition a year later. His sixth book, That Used to Be Us: How American Fell Behind in the World We Invented and How We Can Come Back, co-written with Michael Mandelbaum, was published in 2011.
Thomas L. Friedman lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.
- ASIN : 0312425074
- Publisher : Picador; 3rd edition (August 7, 2007)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 660 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780312425074
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312425074
- Item Weight : 1.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #30,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The World is Flat seethes from the excess of demagogy, which makes the author a great candidate for a politician. The content of the book is painfully outdated. Author instead focus on the mechanisms that shape the beginning of the twenty-first century, persistently presents case studies.
Conclusion; if someone wants to scramble through for more than 600 pages to find some valuable comments and bon mots, then I wish you good luck and a lot of patience.
But, with the invention of the app, WhatsApp;communication has become affordable in the developing countries as well and they can communicate with any part of the world at affordable rates. This is a book that challenges one to think and take a critical look of the happenings in their surroundings how it influences the future. If you are interested in learning some new concepts, you will love this book.
The world has changed and it continues to change and not in the notable, transforming ways history has seen before. Governments are not being toppled. Political revolutions are not exploding. But the power is shifting, it is shifting the people.
With the rapid rise of consumer technology, more people are connected than ever before. The world has become much smaller, or as Thomas L. Friedman says, “The world is flat.”
Consumers do not have to rely on the restricted knowledge of real estate agents to find the perfect home, as countless internet sites can show you the entire market. No longer do we have to drive from car lot to car lot to find a great deal on a used car. And no longer do you have to throw on a suit and walk up and down an office building looking for a job. The information has come to the people and the people have changed the game.
Now small companies with little or no capital can become a global player over night. Established companies have learned to adapt and quickly.
The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman is a very interesting read on the changing times. The latest edition of this book was written in 2007, right before the start of the great recession, so it would be interesting to see if Friedman’s thoughts were changed by this major market malfunction.
This book is good but a little long. Friedman includes a lot of interviews and anecdotes, however his stories do not have the power or sharpness of Malcolm Gladwell or the Freakonomics authors.
Not to mention, Friedman's analysis is built around an extensive series of interviews with people in the government and private sectors. They are mostly elites. I guess you get that kind of access when you're a famous columnist for the New York Times, but me, I'm a teacher and this is probably the closest I'll ever get to hearing how things look to these people from their own particular vantage points. Fun.
On the other hand, through the last quarter or so of the book Friedman analyzes the ways in which the high tech revolution has empowered groups like al Qaeda. He's never convincing here, but one thread of reasoning is particularly discouraging. That is, how do extremists generate popular support? Friedman argues that because communication is now broad and instantaneous, it makes the job of the demogogue all the easier. He's probably right about that- look at the violence surrounding the publicity for that Youtube video insulting the Prophet. friedman then spend a lot of ink analyzing the dysfuntion of many Muslim societies, and Arab societies in particular. That generates a lot of fodder for al Qaeda et al. The problem for me is that, if there's dysfuntion on our side of the relationship with the Muslim world, you wouldn't know much about it from this book (or much of Friedman's work). For example, while he does briefly mention our unqualified support for Israel, he never cites the invasion of Iraq as a catalyst for anger. Huh? This book was written in 2005. Hard to explain that. Peaceful relations will be hard to develop as long as we are not willing to take responsibility for our own short-comings. Unfortunately, not much sign of that here.
Despite that, get the book, and do what I did. Enjoy 400 pages of great reading and then put the book down for something else.
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Le lecteur européen se sentira frustré par cet ouvrage trop américano-centrique (on peut sauter le chapitre 9), qui n’évoque parmi les pays étrangers que les pays en voie de développement, à commencer par ceux qui menacent la domination américaine comme l’Inde et la Chine. Quelques remarques par ci par là viennent souligner le mépris, ou du moins le désintérêt, de l’auteur pour la « vieille Europe ».
Le livre mérite tout de même d’être lu pour deux raisons majeures :
En dépit d’un optimisme revendiqué, Th Friedman est parfaitement lucide sur les ambiguïtés (chap 4)et les risques de ce monde nouveau, sur son côté parfois destructif au niveau local et au niveau individuel (chap 14), sur l’insécurité qu’il engendre. Son analyse n’en a que plus de force.
La deuxième raison est que Th Friedman ne se contente pas d’une analyse des faits, il prend aussi le risque d’une réflexion sur les adaptations nécessaires au niveau individuel et collectif pour réussir dans ce monde ouvert et plat, et d’un diagnostic sévère sur nos faiblesses. Je dis « nos » car l’Europe et la France peuvent aisément se reconnaître dans les chapitres 7 et 8 qui sont plutôt destinés à un public américain.
On regrettera juste le caractère un peu répétitif de certains passages et des spéculations géopolitiques au dernier chapitre et dans la conclusion qui sont à mi-chemin entre la conversation de comptoir et le « wishful thinking ».
En dépit de ses faiblesses, cet ouvrage est un incontournable car il apporte un regard structuré et nouveau sur le monde en ce début de XXIème siècle.
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