Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution - And How It Can Renew America

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Large Print Distribution, 2009 - Nature - 773 pages
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A #1 New York Times Bestseller -- Friedman was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. Friedman is a foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times; his column appears twice a week in the Times and is syndicated to one hundred other newspapers worldwide. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world's middle class through globalization have produced a planet that is "hot, flat, and crowded." Already the earth is being affected in ways that threaten to make it dangerously unstable. In vivid, entertaining chapters, Friedman makes it clear that the green revolution we need is like no revolution the world has seen. It will be the biggest innovation project in American history; it will be hard, not easy; and it will change everything from what you put into your car to what you see on your electric bill. But the payoff for America will be more than just cleaner air. It will inspire Americans to something we haven't seen in a long time -- nation-building in America -- by summoning the intelligence, creativity, boldness, and concern for the common good that are our nation's greatest natural resources.

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A terrifically well written and researched book. - Goodreads
Friedman's writing is a bit awkward. - Goodreads
Great insight and to the coming green revolution. - Goodreads
CROWDED: Obviously a reference to overpopulation. - Goodreads
My favorite educational book about todays world. - Goodreads
But I couldn't get into his style of writing. - Goodreads

Review: Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America

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Though I have always enjoyed Thomas Friedman's writing, his view of government's role in the economy and the environment is far from useful. The book dwells greatly on how our current production of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Thirumala - Goodreads

The author stresses on the need for Energy-climate era in today's hot, flat and crowded world. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Journalist Thomas L. Friedman was born in 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Friedman graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in Mediterranean Studies and earned a graduate degree from Oxford in Modern Middle East Studies. His reporting on the war in Lebanon won the George Polk Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. He won a second Pulitzer for his work in Israel. Friedman began his career as a correspondent for United Press International and later served as bureau chief for the New York Times in Beirut and Jerusalem. Friedman wrote about his experiences as a Jewish-American reporter in the Middle East in From Beirut to Jerusalem, which won the National Book Award in 1989. The bestselling Lexus and the Olive Tree won the 2000 Overseas Press Club Award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy. He wrote Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11 and The World Is Flat, which received the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. His other novels include Hot, Flat, and Crowded, Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0, and That Used to Be Us which made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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