Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $5.04 shipping
The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century Paperback – July 24, 2007
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“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)
From the Back Cover
• The reasons why the flattening of the world “will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution”
• An explanation of “uploading” as one of the ten forces that are flattening the world, as blogging, open-source software, pooled knowledge projects like Wikipedia, and podcasting enable individuals to bring their experiences and opinions to the whole world
• A mapping of the New Middle—the places and spaces in the flat world where
middle-class jobs will be found—and portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers
•An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world
•A call for a government-led “geo-green” strategy to preserve the environment and natural resources
•An account of the “globalization of the local”: how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Friedman is certainly a great writer and I so appreciate well-written prose. I read the book in 2005 when it was released after watching Charlie Rose interview him on PBS. The interview was fascinating. The book is incredibly well-researched while being very well-articulated. That is a winning combination for me!
He certainly seems to have his finger on the pulse of international matters. I suppose that's why he got three Pulitzer prizes for distinguished commentary and his work with the NY Times as the foreign affairs columnist is held in high regard. He's won two Overseas Press Club Awards and the National Book Award. Not a bad list of accolades and I can see why. This is the only work of his that I've read and it is one of the best researched and well-thought out books of the literally thousands that I've read in various subjects from the Humanities to the Sciences. His reporting is concise while being detailed where it needs to be and when it is detailed he knows how to express it well so as not to bore the reader. He can be punchy at times which adds his own flare to things while expressing a sense of humanity and a commitment to furthering it. We could debate his strategies for doing so, as I would in certain aspects of globalization (which he very much support), but at least he brings an intellectual rigor and a journalistic integrity to the table that makes dining with him a pleasure. His discussion of context toward the end of the book is brilliant.
In contrast with many futurology books that predict how the world and our lives will be transformed in the future, The World is Flat talks about not some distant future but about what has already been happening in recent history, today and the likely future trends. Yet as he explains many people are still not aware of what is happening although they may significantly be affected by it. Thomas Friedman uses the analogy " the flattening of the world " for the ongoing transformation of the relationships between people ; business, consumption, politics, economy and educational relationships both at domestic and international levels are being rearranged such that the vertical hierarchy that has been the characteristic of these relationships for centuries are flattening out. This is not a conspiracy nor a deliberate policy of any government or any organization. It is the inevitable consequence of the advances in technology, particularly digital communication technology.
This book titled The World Is Flat explains many things some of which we may perhaps already know, but it puts them all together and makes the unaware individual aware of the meaning of the changes taking place around him/ her at a breathtaking pace, what the individual, the businesses, governments around the world must do to seize the arising opportunities, minimize and manage the resulting threats. Thomas Friedman also explains how a great part of the populations in the backward regions of the world are left out of this process that he calls the flattening of the world. In fact, he lists this exclusion of the great masses from this process as one of the threats to the continuability of the process : he does not take the continuation of the flatening process for granted ; according to the author there are several major risks that could slow down or even completely stop the world flattening process for good ; 1) if a nuclear war breaks out anywhere in the world such as between India and Pakistan or North Korea and Japan 2 ) if a big terrorist attack similar to the one made onto the USA on September 11th 2000 occurs again 3 ) the continuation of exclusion of major backward populations around the world from the world flattening / globalization at individual level. Because such catastrophic events would cause countries to set up protective and permanent barriers against each other terminating globalization and flattening trends.
According to the author among the world flattening processes that have been going on for several years are the outsourcing of many jobs that are suitable to be digitized and electronically transmitted to anywhere in the world where they can be performed more cheaply and efficiently than locally. Until recently, people had to migrate to many countries to get various jobs. While that process still continues many jobs that can be transmitted digitally and electronially now go to the people ( are outsourced ) whereever in the world they maybe instead of people going to the jobs. This creates high paying job opportunities for people who are wise and prepared to take advantage of this and unemployment for people who want to continue holding on in the old way to their jobs which have been digitized and shipped to somewhere on the globe. The individual may be at bay from this risk by acquiring the necessary skills and being the recepient of the outsourced job that previously was performed within a company or by specializing in a skill that is not digitizable and transmittable electronically such as being a famous artist etc. People had better educate themselves in the proper way to adapt and seize the opprtunities or be victims of these transformations.
Another world flattenning event is the new power of the individual to upload articles, videos etc. on the internet and thereby assert his/her personal contribution as never before possible. An example he gives is what I am doing right now ; uploading my review of the book the World is Flat onto the Amazon website for many potential customers like you to read. In the beginning individuals used the internet to download only. Recently it has become a two way process ; uploading and downloading. So what ? well this is creating opportunities for the individual as never before. Please read the details from the book, otherwise I would have to write the whole book here. As examples to these that Friedman gives are the websites such as Wikipedia the free encyclopedia, Youtube ; the video sharing website, Amazon ; where I am currently sharing with you my opinion about a book I purchased and read ; ebay the auction trade website etc. I am surprised however that he does not mention Limewire ; the file sharing website and freely downloadable software on the internet through which people can download, upload and share many songs etc. I know he can not talk about everything but Limewire is no less significant than the examples he gives.
Another criticism I have is that too much, about 80 % of Thomas Friedman's examples and explanations are from India. He does talk about what is happening in many countries but India dominates too much of his book. No doubt he knows a lot about India and what is happening there affects both India and the world but still I think the effect of India on the world is exaggerated.
I am also uncomfortable with the title of the book and the analogy : The World is Flat. The main theme of the book as explained above is the transformation of the many aspects of the human relationships due to the advances in digital communication technology, the opportunities and risks thereby arising, what must be done at individual and governmental levels around the world to exploit the opportunities and manage the risks, how the educational system especially in the USA must be reformed to prepare the individual and the society to these opportunities and risks. I see no need to label these transformations as a " flattenning of the world ". OK vertical hierarchies in the work world may become more horizontal as a result but still the main idea could have been explained under a much more appropriate heading.