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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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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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?
make it "flatter". By reading the book, one may learn valuable things about outsourcing, in-sourcing, the advantages and disadvantages of various world regions and
the problems that the U.S. faces. Mr. Friedman discusses the tremendous conflict between destructive forces that "unflatten" the world and positive forces that
are aiding the world. I feel that Mr. Friedman brings in too many of his personal points of view on politics and how he feels about foreign policy. His discussions of America's involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, the implementing of a federal health insurance policy and President Bush's leadership are biased. However, there is no denying that he understands many of the forces pushing globalization of world economies as pioneered by companies like Amazon.com, UPS, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, etc.
I have some interest in reading some of Mr. Friedman's more recent book HOT, FLAT AND CROWDED, but I feel that there may be an overly environmentalist theme to it.
THE WORLD IS FLAT is mostly objective, and it reads more like a documentary with anecdotes than a political or philosophical writing. The writing style is clear, engaging and brisk. When there is discussion of economic and social issues, the book is very fascinating. When there is discussion of political issues or foreign affairs, however, I think Mr. Friedman gets too controversial.
Angelo J. Salvo
Ormond Beach, Florida