The World Is Flat [Updated and Expanded]: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

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Macmillan, Apr 18, 2006 - Social Science - 593 pages
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The World Is Flat is Thomas L. Friedman's account of the great changes taking place in our time, as lightning-swift advances in technology and communications put people all over the globe in touch as never before--creating an explosion of wealth in India and China, and challenging the rest of us to run even faster just to stay in place. This updated and expanded edition features more than a hundred pages of fresh reporting and commentary, drawn from Friedman's travels around the world and across the American heartland--from anyplace where the flattening of the world is being felt.
In The World Is Flat, Friedman at once shows "how and why globalization has now shifted into warp drive" (Robert Wright, Slate) and brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for readers, allowing them to make sense of the often bewildering scene unfolding before their eyes. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, he explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; how governments and societies can, and must, adapt; and why terrorists want to stand in the way. More than ever, The World Is Flat is an essential update on globalization, its successes and discontents, powerfully illuminated by one of our most respected journalists.
 

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Good read but outdated now.

User Review  - marsattacks28 - Overstock.com

At the time the book came out it was very intriguing. Many of the predictions contained within came true faster than I couldve imagined. As a result the book is quite dated now. But still a great take on the interconnectedness of people and businesses on our planet. Read full review

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Contents

The Ten Forces That Flattened the World
50
The Triple Convergence
201
The Great Sorting Out
234
America and Free Trade
261
The Untouchables
276
The Right Stuff
301
The Quiet Crisis
323
This Is Not a Test
360
The Virgin of Guadalupe
393
How Companies Cope
425
The Unflat World
457
Globalization of the Local
505
119 Versus 911
543
Acknowledgments I
573
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Thomas L. Friedman has won the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work at The New York Times, where he serves as the foreign affairs columnist. He is the author of three previous books, all of them bestsellers: From Beirut to Jerusalem, winner of the National Book Award for nonfiction; The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization; and Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11. In 2005 The World Is Flat was given the first Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and Friedman was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.

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