Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution--and How It Can Renew America

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Picador, Nov 24, 2009 - Political Science - 528 pages
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In this brilliant, essential book, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman speaks to America's urgent need for national renewal and explains how a green revolution can bring about both a sustainable environment and a sustainable America.

Friedman explains how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the expansion of the world's middle class through globalization have produced a dangerously unstable planet--one that is "hot, flat, and crowded." In this Release 2.0 edition, he also shows how the very habits that led us to ravage the natural world led to the meltdown of the financial markets and the Great Recession. The challenge of a sustainable way of life presents the United States with an opportunity not only to rebuild its economy, but to lead the world in radically innovating toward cleaner energy. And it could inspire Americans to something we haven't seen in a long time--nation-building in America--by summoning the intelligence, creativity, and concern for the common good that are our greatest national resources.



Hot, Flat, and Crowded is classic Thomas L. Friedman: fearless, incisive, forward-looking, and rich in surprising common sense about the challenge--and the promise--of the future.

 

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User Review  - LisaMorr - LibraryThing

This took me a long time to read - I was trying to finish it last year - I think the reason it took me so long is because I was pretty depressed that we probably won't see much happen in the US with ... Read full review

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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

3.5 stars The author of this book is looking ahead to a world that is hot (global warming), flat (more and more people are becoming middle class), and crowded (overpopulated). He also shares ways to ... Read full review

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THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize three times for his work with The New York Times, where he serves as the foreign affairs columnist. He is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem (1989), The Lexus and the Olive Tree (1999), Longitudes and Attitudes (2002), and The World is Flat (2005). He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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