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

de Thomas L. Friedman

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"One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in The New York Times, reviewing The World is Flat in 2005. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for listeners, making sense of the advances in technology and communications that challenge us to run even faster just to stay in place. For these updated and expanded editions, Friedman has added more hours of commentary, fresh stories and insights. New material includes:

  • The reasons the flattening of the world "will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like the invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution"
    • A mapping of the New Middlethe places and spaces in the flat world where middle-class jobs will be foundand portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers
    • An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world
    • An account of the "globalization of the local": how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world
      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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    Adicionado recentemente porjoebaumann, lilylalibraire, Library10085, sgfulton, biblioteca privada, mlimke, etodd, WillemofOrange, Adarsh90
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      Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution and How It Can Renew America de Thomas L. Friedman (skyiscool)
      skyiscool: Hot, Flat, and Crowded builds off many of the topics that Friedman presents in The World Is Flat. Although both books adequately stand on their own, they together form an informed and powerful worldview.
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      The Communist Manifesto de Karl Marx (Rigour)
      Rigour: Read the Communist Manifesto to truly understand globalization (whatever your personal ideology is).
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      The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger de Marc Levinson (infiniteletters)
    4. 02
      Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future de Bill McKibben (pa5t0rd)
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    Thorough and informative! The World is Flat aims to present an unbiased perspective of the changes that have and continue to influence globalization, and predict how we might influence these changes in the future. I was surprised by the amount of time spent focusing on Islam, and the beginning seemed somewhat slow and repetitive, but later parts definitely picked up the pace. ( )
      LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |
    This was a good read. Definitely an eye-opener. The flattening of the world needs to be addressed in education, which always seems to be behind he times. I really believe the U.S. has an opportunity that past Global Powers had screwed up. Just imagine if British parliament had granted the colonies and India representation in Parliament and treated everyone equal. Hopefully the U.S. cn learn from others past mistakes.
    Now I'm interested in his follow up book "Hot, Flat, and Crowded." ( )
      CMDoherty | Oct 3, 2023 |
    a bit wordy, OK to skim when he gives multiple examples to make his point ( )
      pollycallahan | Jul 1, 2023 |
    El tres veces ganador del premio Pulitzer y auténtico gurú de la economía, Thomas Friedman, presenta en su bestselleriano La Tierra es plana las claves que explican el fenómeno conocido como 'aplanamiento' o 'muerte de las distancias'. Con un estilo brillante, claro y directo, Friedman acerca al lector al complicado proceso de la globalización, que nos aboca a un nuevo orden social, y explica sus implicaciones a nivel estatal e individual.
      ferperezm | Feb 22, 2023 |
    I'll start off this humble review by saying : I'm not an economist ... But neither is Friedman ...

    This is my first book in "Globalization" and economy (or anything of this sort), so while some might give this 2-3 stars for "repetitiveness" or "obviousness", I chose to give it 4. Initially, I was hesitant to grant this book the 4th star, but looking back, I DID actually learn some new things from this book. Furthermore, whatever observations I had about this matter (which were obvious to me and others) have been woven and blended beautifully into one big picture. Hence the four stars.

    Friedman's book is thorough (maybe even TOO thorough), yet simple to understand and grasp. His point is clear: The World is Flat (or at least, flattening) due to the cause of the 10 flatteners he outlines in the first half, as well as what he dubbed "The Triple Convergence". The phrase "The World is Flat" is a bold metaphor to describe the changes in our world a.k.a. "Globalization".

    He goes on to explain, through simple anecdotes and personal experiences (as well as some stats and numbers here and there, if needed) how this affects both America and developing countries. He foresees the near future and what is needed for both individuals and companies to cope with this new era he called Globalization 3.0. Also included in the mix is what countries might need to do (Glocalization).

    He finishes off with the "Dell Theory of Conflict Prevention" which is a beautiful observation regarding the roles global supply chains "might" play in preventing wars (or at least trying to do so).

    Friedman is a journalist, NOT an economist. So, expect nothing difficult; just simple stories, examples, anecdotes, and metaphors any average reader might comprehend. It reads easily like a long magazine article. If you are looking for theories and proof, this is NOT your book. Despite that, many of the author's suggestions and hypotheses seem real, reasonable, on point, and somewhat convincing.

    Whether you are pro-globalization or anti-globalization, I suggest giving this book a quick scan. It sure has answered a LOT of questions I had in mind about various happenings in our world. Great job done there !

    The book suffers from one major problem : Redundancy. This caused the 300-400-page-book to transform into a 600-paged-beast that won't go down easily. The author could've chopped this book down by at least 150-200 pages (maybe more if you get his point and conclude your own theories). Nonetheless, even if you end up skipping quite a few pages (especially in the latter half) it's OK, as this book acts more like a reference of the 21st century a suggested "manual" for the foreseeable feature ...

    Conclusion:
    Easy-to-read, albeit long magazine-like book which makes sense trying to explain what's happening in our world nowadays. Recommended for tech lovers "especially". But still great to read (even partially) for others. ( )
      nonames | Jan 14, 2022 |
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    Friedman describes his honest reaction to this new world while he's at one of India's great outsourcing companies, Infosys. He was standing, he says, ''at the gate observing this river of educated young people flowing in and out.… They all looked as if they had scored 1600 on their SAT's."
     
    On an ideological level, Friedman's new book is the worst, most boring kind of middlebrow horseshit. If its literary peculiarities could somehow be removed from the equation, The World Is Flat would appear as no more than an unusually long pamphlet replete with the kind of plug-filled, free-trader leg-humping that passes for thought in this country. It is a tale of a man who walks 10 feet in front of his house armed with a late-model Blackberry and comes back home five minutes later to gush to his wife that hospitals now use the internet to outsource the reading of CAT scans. Man flies on planes, observes the wonders of capitalism, says we're not in Kansas anymore. (He actually says we're not in Kansas anymore.) That's the whole plot right there. If the underlying message is all that interests you, read no further, because that's all there is.
     

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    "One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in The New York Times, reviewing The World is Flat in 2005. With his inimitable ability to translate complex foreign policy and economic issues, Friedman brilliantly demystifies the new flat world for listeners, making sense of the advances in technology and communications that challenge us to run even faster just to stay in place. For these updated and expanded editions, Friedman has added more hours of commentary, fresh stories and insights. New material includes:

    The reasons the flattening of the world "will be seen in time as one of those fundamental shifts or inflection points, like the invention of the printing press, the rise of the nation-state, or the Industrial Revolution"
    A mapping of the New Middlethe places and spaces in the flat world where middle-class jobs will be foundand portraits of the character types who will find success as New Middlers
    An account of the qualities American parents and teachers need to cultivate in young people so that they will be able to thrive in the flat world
    An account of the "globalization of the local": how the flattening of the world is actually strengthening local and regional identities rather than homogenizing the world
    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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