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The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

3 Ratings: 5.0
a book by Thomas L Friedman

In The World Is Flat, the highly-regarded New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman advances the work on globalization that made his The Lexus and the Olive Tree a bestseller. Claiming that the world is now at an important historical point--as important … see full wiki

Author: Thomas L. Friedman
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Picador
Date Published: July 24, 2007
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Should be required reading for every person

  • Feb 6, 2009
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This book was paradigm-shifting and worldview-changing. And I considered myself generally "with it" as far as technology and globalization is concerned.

Friedman is fantastic at showing the world the way it is but revealing all types of processes and events happening in the background that very few people are aware of. He made me realize how ignorant I was without making me feel stupid.

He shares a few words on the future and what we as a country should do, as well as what each of us as individuals should do in order to keep up with global competition and supply-chaining, but the majority of his treatise is on what's happening now and how it's already affecting our world. From outsourcing typical jobs that Americans have relied on for so long, to the revolution of "uploading" and every Tom, Dick and Harry providing their own content that is more easily accessed and more up-to-date than the big content providers, this new flat world is already here, as Friedman points out. It's both exciting and nerve-wracking; and I look forward to more of it while still dreading it a little.

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July 15, 2009
Sounds like a really interesting book! Your reaction to it kind of reminds me of my reaction to the "Did You Know?" video on YouTube. Thanks for pointing out this book and for the review!
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