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The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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With the rise of technologies like high-speed Internet and the knocking down of barriers both literal (the Berlin Wall) and figurative (the opening of China's economy to free trade) portions of this audiobook could have been outsourced to recording studios all across the globe. As Friedman notes in this lengthy but informative audio, new technologies, political paradigm shifts and, more importantly, innovative individuals at the helms of startups have leveled the playing field in the global economy. That this audio wasn't outsourced is fortunate for listeners, as Wyman is a veteran nonfiction narrator with an extensive background in voicing animation. Upon first listen, one cannot help thinking of the exuberant heroes of Saturday morning cartoons; once listeners grow accustomed to Wyman's youthful tenor, his professionalism and talent shine through. Though Wyman's voice doesn't have the professorial gravitas to match a journalistic work such as this, listeners should have no reservations about choosing this engrossing audio for long-distance travel or simply casual listening.
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“Friedman has a deep, clear voice, which perfectly complements his highly accessible prose.”—AudioFile
“Eminently worth reading...It is Friedman’s ability to see a few big truths steadily and whole that makes him the most important columnist in America today.” —Walter Russell Mead, The New York Times
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This book has opened a new insight into how I will be dealing with my kids. I was always aware of their schoolwork and tried to take an active role in making sure they had good grades. After reading this book I am more concerned that just "doing good" is not going to be enough for them. They will be competing in the global workplace with hundreds of millions of foreign jobseekers that woke up early and started running fast. They need to start running fast too.
I have known about soutsourcing for many years. I never really gave much thought to it because I figured it was just the low-cost, low-quality way for many companies. Now I look at outsourced products and services and realize that some of them are very high quality. We, as Americans, need to be aware of that and start planning on how we are going to deal with it. Waiting till tomorrow may be too late. The world is getting flatter by the day.
I never really gave a lot of thought to how flat the world was becoming until I read this book. The author asks the question "When did you realize the world was flat?" I realized it while reading this book. I but a 57 chevy on Ebay and sold it to a man in Australia. Where else but in a flat world can you put a car for sale in New Jersey and have it bought by someone on the other side of the planet?
But that is not to say that this book is not highly enjoyable and worth reading. I think Thomas Friedman's observations about what American politicians need to do to lead the U.S. into the 21st Century should be required reading for every elected official in this country.
I certainly feel more informed after reading Friedman's book than I ever did before reading it, but he could have made his points in 200 less pages.