i would say this book is a very important read in today's economic and scientific environment. i have read many of his other books and found them incredibly informative and inciteful. This book is also, however, maybe i am just tired of the author, but you get the feeling he is taken in by his "cuteness" with some of his turns of phrases. its like reading one NY times column after another targetted not for its inofrmation but to have a cute headline to capture attention. And if i have to hear one more time about what exotic location he just got done travelling to and what important person he interviewed, yes Tom, we get it, you have a great life. probably paid for in part by average citizens like me who fork over $ for your books and ny times subscription. ARRGHH. Almost makes me want to cancel.
however, his points are important, and i think the book is an extremely timely read, especially given the obama agenda.
I listened to Friedman's previous book "The World Is Flat." and was completely fascinated. Friedman brings together similar and other far reaching ideas in this edition of Globalization, Economics, Politics, and Environmental repercussions. The points he brings up are essential for the success of America, and the survival of the Human Race.
It is an arduous listen however. Friedman's points are thoroughly researched and loquaciously laid out. I believe as an audio book, the abridged edition would be easier to deal with, as the unabridged version does get long winded at times. Particularly when he recapitulates points he'd already thoroughly articulated in previous chapters.
Gaining an understanding of how our American way of life is spreading all around the globe, at a time when we are only just discovering the destructive nature of our life style, and the enormous rate of energy and material consumption is important as we tackle the current issues of repairing the economy and our teetering ecology. Overall, Hot, Flat, and Crowded is an excellent book with great economy and global saving points.
I like the contents a lot. Informative. I wish more people would read it!
The book is LONG ... maybe could have covered the same topics in 1/2 the time.
Some great ideas are fleshed in this book, but they are spread so thin I found myself skipping forward often. I feel like I 95% of what I will take away from Thomas Friedman came from his book tour interviews.
I was stoked to listen to this book, but could not get past the narration. He sounds like he's reading bad fiction, and mispronounces proper nouns. Save your $$ and check out the hard copy from the library.
Hot, Flat and Crowded makes a strong case that changing the rules that currently make it difficult to bring green technology to the marketplace is essential to keep America competitive and further, that the United States is the one country most capable of taking this leadership role. To do so, however, will require shifting regulations and tax burdens onto the dirty technologies that are currently favored by the U.S. tax and regulatory system. This book is persuasive and well-researched, though the author occasionally uses more words than needed to make his points. Even so, his points are too important for this to be a meaningful criticism.
I eagerly anticipated that this book would be as insightful as the author's most recent book, The World is Flat (which was a wonderful book). Unfortunately, my expectations were not met.
The basic premise for Friedman's argument -- that America's current fossil-fuel infrastructure mandates drastic change because CO2 by-products cause "weather-weirding" or global warming -- is based on razor thin credible evidence. I realize that this is a controversial subject and that reasonable minds can differ; however, the author presents virtually no alternative viewpoints on whether global warming exists and whether it is man-made.
I did appreciate some of Friedman's prescient political and social forecasting. I also liked some of the history of how we ended up where we are. Nevertheless, I think the debate over global warming is based on political faith and not on scientific fact.
Despite all of this, I concur with Friedman's goal of changing our energy infrastructure NOT because of global warming, but because it will further our national interests of less dependency on foreign oil, reduce the influence of "oil dictators," and create a cleaner environment.
This book is just "ok." It is not earth shattering, however, and I don't buy into its alarmist tones without a further factual basis.
Friedman's writing style is a big turn-off for me. He never says in ten words what can be said in 10,000.
Most interesting: the core concepts are critical to understanding the need for energy independence in order to ensure our long term security. Least interesting: repetition.
Pleasant voice, standard diction.
Surprise - I didn't connect the dots between energy and security before listening.
This book is a joke. I would not recommend it. The parts about the middle east are interesting, but this book is a very liberal book and author. The crap about global warming is a complete joke.