I love physics and science fiction. Just finished Hyperion series by Dan Simmons...
Whether or not you buy all of the Global Warming controversy, there is no denying the interconnection of dirty fuels and our problems in the Middle East, Russia, and Venezuela. Furthermore, how we solve the clean fuel problem probably provides the greatest opportunity for U.S. capitalism to reassert itself both economically and morally. Thomas Freidman, once again, has the vision to pull many threads together with convincing research and data, and to see the really big picture.
My daughter suggested I listen to this book and she was right. I throughly am enjoying this book and it is most importantly, changing my behavior. No longer can I rationalize "global warming" but now can converse more effectively about climate change. I also understand better the geo-political infulences in our search for oil. I must read for everyone.
Friedman does a great job bringing the listener into a fully up to date conversation about climate change. He covers what's going on, where it is headed and what we need to do. A long listen, but full of info on recent developments and suggestions for policy changes on how to solve the problem.
I gotten through about half the book and all I have to say is if we dont Actually start doing something about our addiction to Oil this country is going the way of Rome.
You will find great diversity in my books. I love great story telling whether biography, history or fiction.
I have the distinct feeling the reader of this book used to teach kindergarten.
Great follow up from his last book "the World is Flat". Friedman points out that we need to get it together to survive. Thanks, can't wait for his next book
This book is typical Thomas Friedman. He has carefully researched this book. It covers the rise of the middle class across the world, the global climate change, and the constant population growth. Once you read this book you will be sure we are faced with a perfect storm of problems. Half way through I was sure there was no way out of these problems. Patiently, Tom leads you through his well researched solutions to these problems.
I was uplifted at the end to see that the planet that I love can survive. It falls to each and every one of us to make this happen. Don't read it if you think the solutions will be quick or easy.
I love Tom Friedman's books but I am not sure whether, after having listened to the first 2 CDs, I can finish. I am so put off by the reader, who sounds like a schoolmaster reading with a highlighter in his hand, marking almost every word with special emphasis, because otherwise we might not get it. I prefer to arrive at my own conclusions. I haven't decided yet but may jump forward to a later section just to see whether the reader has settled down into a more conversational tone and if so resume listening.
Freidman brings home the need for the U.S to go to alternate forms of energy. He stresses global warming, but his points on not supporting the oil despots and creating U.S. jobs was more compelling.