The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jun 15, 2000 - Business & Economics - 469 pages
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A brilliant investigation of globalization, the most significant socioeconomic trend in the world today, and how it is affecting everything we do-economically, politically, and culturally-abroad and at home.

As foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman crisscrosses the globe talking with the world's economic and political leaders, and reporting, as only he can, on what he sees. Now he has used his years of experience as a reporter and columnist to produce a pithy, trenchant, riveting look at the worldwide market forces that are driving today's economies and how they are playing out both internationally and locally.

Globalization is the technologically driven expression of free-market capitalism, and as such is essentially an American creation. It has irrevocably changed the way business is done and has raised living standards throughout the world. But powerful local forces-of religion, race, ethnicity, and cultural identity-are in competition with technology for the hearts and minds of their societies. Finding the proper balance between the Lexus and the olive tree is the great game of globalization-and the ultimate theme of Friedman's challenging, provocative book, essential reading for all who care about how the world really works.

 

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User Review  - amelish - LibraryThing

I accidentally shoplifted this book from Housing Works Used Book Cafe, oops. Considering how of-the-moment it was in say 1999, I'm not sure how well it's aged. Needs another read. Read full review

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User Review  - TheAmpersand - LibraryThing

"Globalization" might be the mother of all buzzwords, a catch-all explanation for anything that's happened in the last thirty or so years that's grown nearly meaningless from overuse. In "The Lexus ... Read full review

Contents

Plugging into the System
139
The Backlash Against the System
311
America and the System
349
Acknowledgments
455
Index
459
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Thomas l. Friedman's now-classic From Beirut to Jerusalem won the 1988 National Book Award and established him as America's leading interpreter of international affairs. Twice a Pulitzer Prize winner for his reportage, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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